from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
Over the last four games, the Red Wings have surrendered 20 goals and their formula for failure was all too familiar.
The power play was ineffctive. The penalty killing was abysmal. Pucks kept finding a path into the Detroit net.
A former hockey coach used to like to say when his team’s play went south that they’d forgotten what made them famous.
In a sense, that’s exactly what defenseman Olli Maatta sees happening to the Red Wings right now.
“I think the Jersey game we got away from our identity,” Maatta explained. “I think we turned over way too many pucks. We played east west a lot and didn’t get pucks deep and play that fast-paced hockey.
“We wanted to make a couple too many plays and then it just turned into kind of a sloppy game and it showed.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,