from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Following a 7-1 thumping at the hands of the Predators, the team was back on the ice at Belfor Training Center in Little Caesars Arena, trying to find the fight.
“It was arguably the hardest practice of the year,” forward Bobby Ryan said. “It was reflected in the battle and competition. We didn’t have that last night (Thursday) but we put it into play today. You need some kind of response and we had that today in practice. Hopefully it carries over.”...
“Our guys, rightfully so, were embarrassed, we were embarrassed, so we should have an intense practice,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Friday’s workout. “I’d be shocked if we didn’t start the game intense (Saturday).
“The question is when things go good for your tomorrow, or bad, how do you react? That’s the bigger question.”
What has gone wrong over the last three games? Here are five things, that have the team spiraling downward:
Lack of offense
The Wings averaged 3.2 goals during that respectable 10-game span. They had a stretch of five consecutive games with a power-play goal. Contributions came from throughout the lineup.
Then, the scoring stopped. and a three-game skid ensued.
The Wings now rank 30th in goals per game (2.12 per game), 30th in goals for (72), and 29th on the power play (12.0%) out of 31 teams.