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Fixing The Wings

10/21/2019 at 9:57am EDT

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Is simple positive regression from the rest of the bottom nine enough to make a difference, or does this roster simply not have enough firepower to get the job done?

How can they fix the power play?

One place the Red Wings do have the firepower, though, is on the power play, where the results have still been just as bad. They’re sitting at a miserable 9.5 percent with the man advantage this season, 26th in the league, and that’s despite a top power-play unit that has Detroit’s entire top line, its most skilled forward in Athanasiou and a poised “quarterback” in Dennis Cholowski.

So what can be fixed? First, the Red Wings flat-out need more power plays. They have just 21 opportunities through eight games, which is tied for 28th in the league. And even worse, one of the only two teams below them (Chicago, with 18) has played two fewer games. The Red Wings mustered an average of two opportunities per game on this last three-game trip, which is rarely going to be enough.

But second, as Blashill mentioned in Calgary, they can’t afford to lose so many faceoffs when they do get those limited opportunities. That’s been a silent killer for them so far.

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