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Confidence Is Growing For The Detroit Red Wings

01/20/2021 at 7:30am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings are 2-2 through the first four games, splitting each of the two-game series they've had thus far.

"Very significant," said Larkin, of splitting the four-game season-opening home stand. "I've liked our process every game. The way we played with the puck, and our confidence, and the goaltending has been great. Just the way we've played, it's repeatable."...

Larkin was between Vladislav Namestnikov and Filip Zadina, while Mantha played with Michael Rasmussen and Ryan. Luke Glendening centered Bertuzzi and Mathias Brome.

The fourth line had Valtteri Filppula between Frans Nielsen and Sam Gagner.

Blashill hinted after the morning skate the Mantha, Larkin and Bertuzzi line may have been forcing things in an attempt to get going offensively.

Whatever the purpose, the decision sparked the victory.

"(There was) no message," Blashill said. "We wanted to spread the lines around a little bit and see what type of chemistry we could have with some different lines. Our guys came out and played hard. Our guys do a good job of not worrying what my decisions are and I make my decisions and they go and play."

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