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Playing With Frustration

12/04/2022 at 6:37am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their five-game homestand Saturday with a frustrating 4-1 loss to Vegas.

“It’s going to be a little bit frustrating because I think the underlying numbers are going to look very similar to (Monday’s 4-2 loss to Toronto),” coach Derek Lalonde said. “There’s going to be some nerd telling us we should’ve won that game on expected goals. But that doesn’t happen against really good teams.”

Minutes after the game, Dylan Larkin turned his attention to Sunday’s date in Columbus, the start of a tough four-game trip during which he hopes his team can recoup some points.

“It’s just another one of those games where we’re really close, but it’s not enough to get a result,” Larkin said. “It hurts, but we got to switch focus and be ready to go tomorrow night because it’s back-to-back. We’ve been good on back-to-backs. We need to come out and play a solid road game.”



from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s some hot and cold Wings–including a power play that has been ice cold.

Cold Wings – The Power Play

They finally broke through against Vegas with a goal in three tries, but their 0 for 7 chance against Buffalo, including a 5-on-3 late underscored just how close–and far away–Detroit was from having an effective attack on the mad advantage. Against Toronto, Detroit was able to capitalize on three attempts. During the losing streak, the Red Wings have been 1 for 11 at a dismal 9.1% clip.

When they beat Arizona in a shootout last Friday, Detroit was at a 50% clip. The Buffalo game really stands out, when the Red Wings roared back from a three goal deficit and had man advantage opportunities to capitalize on.

Will last night’s goal get things moving again?

Hot Wings – Oskar Sundqvist

Two goals against Buffalo and another one against Vegas has Sundqvist on a Hronek like scoring streak. The gritty forward has a knack to get the greasy goal and the power play goal he registered on Saturday night was an example of that. Sundqvist was knocked on his rear as he was net front and picked himself up, corraling a pass from Dominik Kubalik. The first attempt didn’t go, but it did end up back on Sundqvist’s stick. He hammered it a second time and had this third goal in two games.

Bally Sports’ Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond both remarked about his three goal streak following a haircut. Whatever it was, the timely goals have propelled Detroit in different ways.

Will it keep up?

read on


Longer version with Larkin and Lalonde after last night's loss.

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