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The Game Plan For Tonight

02/18/2020 at 1:19pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"One is we want to make sure we support the puck, that we want the puck, that we're able to have the puck out of our zone through the neutral zone so that we can play in the offensive zone more," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the team's optional morning skate Tuesday. "We had a number of really, really good chances last game. But we didn't have lots of sustained O-zone time. So if we can get more sustained O-zone time you're going to have a chance to score more of the dirty-type goals we have to.

"We have to get to the net a little more and try to score some of those dirty-type goals. We're not going to get better looks necessarily from our best players than we got last game. We had a number of looks with wide-open shots in the slot. If you get those every night, you're going to score for sure, but those are hard to come by every night, so let's make sure the nights we're not getting those we're still scoring dirty-type goals."

Andreas Athanasiou, who had 30 goals in 76 games last season, has eight goals in 44 games this season.

"I think when times are like that I think it's just overshooting the puck," Athanasiou said. "Not trying to get too fancy. It's been a little bit crazy. There hasn't been too many goals. I think we've had a lot of chances, they just haven't found the back of the net. I think at those points, you just have to work through it and kind of let your hard work take over and overshoot the puck."

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added 1:32pm, Below, watch Dylan Larkin recap his first NHL game. added 2:13pm, watch Athanasiou below. added 2:16pm, 2 minutes of Blashill below.

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