from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
The Red Wings (4-3-2) play their 10th game Thursday at home. That offers an opportunity to review some of the statistics that tell their story in the first segment:
Detroit Ranks 27th With 167 Scoring Chances For (NaturalStatTrick.com)
That speaks to the reality that the Red Wings have three top six forwards (Tyler Bertuzzi, Robby Fabbri and Jakub Vrana) out of the lineup. Bertuzzi and Fabbri are injured and Vrana is in the NHL/NHLPA Assistance Program. The Red Wings are averaging about 18.5 scoring chances per game. They are giving up 23.4 scoring chances per game.
Their 3.11 goals per game is below the league average, but it’s not bad given that Vrana and Bertuzzi are both former 30-goal scorers.
A GAA of 3.56 Won’t Get it Done
The Red Wings rank 25th with a 3.56 goals-against average. It’s hard to win if you need four goals every game to accomplish that. This is not a league where scoring four goals is easily accomplished.
Coach Derek Lalonde has asked his players to play a simpler defensive style and the results have been mixed.
This Detroit team must give up two or fewer goals to win games on a consistent basis and they aren’t yet getting that done often enough.