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More Shots Needed

02/01/2018 at 3:45pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings head into Carolina on Friday freshly reminded they can put the puck on net if the mindset is there. The Wings hit the net a season-high 44 times against San Jose on Wednesday, and while it only resulted in one regulation goal, it led to offensive-zone time and limited the Sharks’ quality chances.

“Usually when you shoot the puck, you usually get it back again and it gives you extended zone time and chaos for the team that is defending,” Frans Nielsen said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s always tough when you face a lot of shots and you have to look for the puck where it is going. We ended up with 40 shots and I don’t think we’ve done that a lot this year. So that shooting mentality is huge for us going forward.

“If we keep generating 30-plus shots a game, I think we are going to score a lot more goals than we have been doing. That way you can trust each other, too - you know if a guy has the puck on the wall, you know you can go to the net because you know there is a good chance it’s coming there.”


Below, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on Jimmy Howard sitting...

Howard understands Blashill’s decision to go with Mrazek.

“I’ve been around long enough, I realize the team needs wins and points,” said Howard, noting Mrazek has been getting those valuable victories.

Practice becomes even more vital for Howard, now that he isn’t seeing game action.

“You do your part in practice, treat practices like games, and when you’re finally called upon, you have to take the ball and run with it yourself,” Howard said. “It’s part of the job, and when the other guy is rolling you have to be ready.”

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