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10/23/2022 at 8:50am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The telling part for the Detroit Red Wings will be how they handle their next game.

They enter Sunday's matchup with the Anaheim Ducks smarting, looking more like last season’s team that mustered points in just over half their games than the up-and-comers they appeared to be this season. Although they have points in four straight games, gaining only one from their 4-3 overtime loss at the Chicago Blackhawks was a disappointment after their two-goal lead in the third period.

Friday’s events were a reminder how tough it is to become a better team.

“It’s been an emphasis all camp, all going into this season,” Dylan Larkin said. “If we want to make a turn, all the good teams manage the puck well. All the good teams bear down in battles.

“Right now, we’re a little bit hyper in certain situations, and we just need to settle down.”


from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

There’s no doubt the Detroit Red Wings should have won the game against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night. The Blackhawks, all but shouting to the league and their fans that they’re tanking, rallied twice from a pair of two-goal deficits to win in overtime.

But games like this will happen. The glitz and glamour from a thorough domination of Montreal last Friday in Detroit melted into a puddle of frustration exactly a week later.

Contrast it with the loss on Wednesday where the Red Wings rallied only to lose in overtime. The former is at least encouraging. The latter is troubling to some.

But maybe it isn’t troubling at all. Maybe, as captain Dylan Larkin put it, the Red Wings are just trying too hard.

“Newsy came in after the game and said we looked like we wanted it too much,” Larkin said. “I think he’s partially right there. We’re just squeezing the stick. We get chances, we’re hitting posts and then looking to the sky. Whatever happens, you’ve gotta show up to the next shift and play as hard as you can.”



via NHL.com,

Derek Lalonde can extend a record when the Detroit Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN NOW). He already is the first coach in Red Wings history to earn a point in each of his first four games (2-0-2), passing Jeff Blashill (3-0-0 in 2015-16), Mike Babcock (3-0-0 in 2005-06), Jimmy Skinner (3-0-0 in 1954-55) and Tommy Ivan (2-0-1 in 1947-48). It has been a promising start for Detroit, which has not qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for six straight seasons. But the Red Wings have things to work on. They blew a 2-0 lead in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and rank last in the NHL in face-off percentage (40.1). The Ducks (1-3-1) defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-4 in their season opener but have not won since. -- Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was likely done on purpose, set up perfectly in a lefty-righty sort of way, and it's working out as well as the Wings could have hoped for.

A veteran left-handed shooter, all acquired this past summer in Ben Chiarot, Olli Maatta and Robert Hagg, paired with a young right-handed shot — correspondingly, Moritz Seider, Filip Hronek and Gustav Lindstrom.

All three veterans play and are known for a defensive-first type of game, which allows the younger defensemen to roam and be more offensive-minded if the opportunity presents itself.

"Those three vets, their purpose is to be simple," Lalonde said. "Even in the recruiting process during free agency, we wanted simple, predictable, safer (defensemen) committed to keeping it out of our net more so than putting it in the net and they have fit that role."
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