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Special Teams Have Been Just That

10/24/2022 at 7:59am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Among the more satisfying numbers for the Detroit Red Wings early in the 2022-23 season are their success rates on special teams.

They have five goals on 21 power play opportunities, all of them in the past three games after making personnel adjustments on both units. The Wings are 5-for-14 on man advantages entering Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils, injecting confidence as they seek to keep a five-game point streak going.

Dominik Kubalik was among those who scored during on the power play in Sunday's 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

"The power play is clicking, that’s huge," Kubalik said. "We didn’t do anything spectacular, just moved the puck around and whoever gets the best position to take the shot, just shoot it. It’s working and so we’re happy for that."

David Perron and Dylan Larkin each have two power play goals.

The coaching staff changed how the power play units were staffed after two games. That was partly driven by losing two skilled forwards in Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body injury) and Jakub Vrana (players assistance program) but also because the units were scoreless on seven opportunities.

Kubalik and Oskar Sundqvist were added to Larkin's unit with Perron, as was Filip Hronek on the point.



Scott Maxwell of The Daily Faceoff with this week's power rankings,

12. Detroit Red Wings

Record: 3-0-2 (.800%, t-5th)
5v5 Goal Differential: +3 (t-9th)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.45 (20th)
5v5 xGA/60: 3.02 (28th)
PP xGF/60: 8.38 (12th)
PK xGA/60: 5.63 (5th)
5v5 PDO: 103.5
Previous Week: 10th (-2)

The Red Wings still haven’t been beaten in regulation this season, but a look under the hood and you can see that this team hasn’t been quite as good as the record indicates. They sit in the 20s in both expected goal creation and suppression but are getting by on some good special teams, a strong start from new addition Ville Husso in net and a high shooting percentage offense.

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Beating bad teams to .800, that’s a good sign.  After another vs NJD there’s a big measuring stick at Boston Thursday night.


It is great to have viable special teams. But a regression to the mean is incoming. How hard and how fast does it fall is a concern, but better 5 on 5 play could help mitigate.

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