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Detroit's Defense Must Improve

11/18/2021 at 6:49am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings face the task of righting themselves amid a COVID-19 scare.

They did not practice Wednesday, after playing back-to-back games to start their road trip, which continues Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Wings kept quiet regarding the status of captain Dylan Larkin, who was pulled from Tuesday’s game and sent into pandemic protocol. He stayed in Dallas while his teammates flew west. Most recently, coach Jeff Blashill said there was “a sequence of other things” that a player who has a positive test undergoes, but he did not get into specifics.

Blashill was more expansive on what the Wings (8-8-2) need to do to get themselves back above .500.

“We’ve got to get better defensively,” he said. “That’s just the reality of it. We’re a pretty good team when we have the puck. We’re a pretty good team when we’re hounding. We’re a pretty good team when we’re playing offense.

“We’re not a good enough team defensively right now and I spoke of that the other night. It’s not because guys don’t want to, but we’ve got to get better defensively. We have to. So that’s, to me, the No. 1 priority. I think we do a pretty good job when we’re on the attack. We do a pretty good job in the O-zone, stuff like that. We just have to get better defensively.”

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