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The Wings Are Still Learning How To Win

01/23/2022 at 2:46pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It wasn't a complete lost weekend for the Red Wings.

They did earn one point in Friday's overtime loss to Dallas. But then again, it was only the one point they earned, out of a possible four, when you add Saturday's loss in Nashville.

Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) slides against Predators goaltender Juuse Saros during the third period Saturday night in Nashville.
So, it wasn't great, by any standard.

And, if anything, it was a frustrating one for the Wings, who felt they could have much more while playing two of the better teams in the Western Conference.

"We should have won (Friday), and we were right there (Saturday)," defenseman Marc Staal said after Saturday's 4-1 loss in Nashville. "No, I don't think they're on a different level than us. We just have to figure out a way to make it go our way.

"Right now, we just weren't able to do it."

Coach Jeff Blashill never has been a big believer in "measuring sticks," or measuring his team against others in the NHL. In Blashill's mind, the NHL is a daily measuring stick. Every game is a measuring stick.

But for the Wings in these two games, it was a frustrating to be in good position to win both, yet come away with so little. It was another, painful learning experience.

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