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The Bad Power Play

01/29/2021 at 4:04pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings found themselves ranked 22nd out of 31 teams in power play percentage at 14.8% (4-for-27) entering play Friday.

Blashill mixed and matched units in the third period in an effort to ignite any kind of spark, and Tyler Bertuzzi did score to briefly cut into the deficit.

But it was too little, much too late.

And it did nothing to erase the images of many Wings on the power play seemingly losing confidence with the puck.

“We’re fighting pucks. We’re not relaxed and not making the plays. We’re forcing it,” forward Dylan Larkin said. “It’s not working. We have to find a way to be dangerous. We have to keep it simple to start, and get a couple of shots and rebounds, bang a couple home.

“(But) the more we talk about it, the more we think about it. We can’t think about it too much.”

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