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Slow Starts And Taro Hirose's Impact

03/17/2022 at 8:17am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Slow starts have contributed to a season-long six-game skid (0-5-1), and the issue goes back even further:

The Red Wings trailed 3-1 after the first period against Toronto, Florida and Arizona.

Minnesota scored on the first shot of the game at 1:37.

Calgary outshot them 19-1 in the first period.

On Tuesday, Edmonton jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

“We start slow, we start in our own zone, we start defending,” Dylan Larkin said. “We got to find a way the first five minutes of games on the road to just make it hard, make it where nothing happens and get pucks deep. We haven’t been doing that. You see a team like (Edmonton), they just swarmed us. We were caught in our own zone for the first three minutes of the game. You can’t start hockey games like that.”

A better start once again will be the focus when the Red Wings face Vancouver tonight at Rogers Arena...

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Taro Hirose has made favorable impressions on the Detroit Red Wings since being signed as a free agent three years ago, but only as a call-up. He's with the team again on their trip to western Canada and Seattle, and contributed two assists in the 7-5 loss against the Oilers on Tuesday.

That was Hirose's 44th appearance since making his debut on March 19, 2019. He has 18 points with the Wings in that span, seven of them on the power play, but Hirose hasn't yet shown what it takes to be a regular.

"Ultimately you have to prove over a period of time — and he has got to get that opportunity — but over a period of time that you’re going to make the team better," coach Jeff Blashill said. " A lot of guys can play on teams, especially teams that are non-playoff teams. There’s a number of players that can play on those teams. Are you a player that can push us towards being closer to a playoff team? Can you really be impactful?"

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