from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings have played better for several weeks now, since being routed in Nashville on March 25, exactly two weeks ago.
The Wings had looked better defensively and didn't have many bad stretches within the game. They were playing smart hockey and weren't letting deficits spiral out of control when they were trailing.
But Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, the Predators routed the Wings again.
All the Wings' bad habits resurfaced Thursday in a game that gradually turned into a rout — a 7-1 Nashville victory, the identical score as the March 25 rout in Nashville.
Evidently, there are lessons still to be learned. Although it is getting frustrating that these types of ugly losses continue to pop up after the Wings seemingly begin to take positive steps forward.
"How many more times are we going to have to do this?" said forward Luke Glendening, of the Wings' growing pains. "We're all frustrated with it. I'm just as much to blame as anyone. I'm not pointing fingers, but how many more times are we going to have to do this before enough is enough?"
Defensive breakdowns, leaving too many Nashville players in prime positions to score, and not enough offense led to the Wings' undoing. Add those things up, and the Wings (13-23-6), who for all the better hockey, have still only won one game in the last six (1-3-2).
Below watch the game highlights if you so desire.
added 1:17am, 8 minutes of Jeff Blashill is below...