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The Wings Have To Be Better

04/21/2021 at 6:55am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Several blowout losses aside, the Detroit Red Wings are better defensively than they were last season. It is the one area in which they have improved.

That wasn’t apparent, however, from their rash of fundamental defensive mistakes in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Blown coverage allowed the Stars unfettered access to the area in front of the Detroit net, leading to three goals. Another was the result of a turnover. Dallas capped the night with an empty-net goal.

“I think this crew has been pretty good defensively. We haven’t given up many Grade A (scoring opportunities) compared to the rest of the league,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Tonight, I thought we were terrible defensively in those situations. We competed like crazy in the offensive zone. We were on them. We worked hard. Then they came down and we gave easy goals away. We have to be a great defensive team. What happened tonight isn’t good enough.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"We try to keep teams to the outside but we let them get to the inside too much, especially in the first (period)," forward Sam Gagner said. "I don't think it's something that's been happening very often but at the same time when you're playing teams fighting for a playoff spot and they're important games, we need to grow in those areas if we're going to be playoff team in the future here.

"You have to do a better job of not giving up those chances."

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier allowed four goals on 12 shots, thanks mainly to the leaky defense, before being replaced by Greiss on Jamie Oleksiak's fourth Dallas goal at 3:36 of the second period.

"Bernie has been fantastic for us this year and he's worked his way back from injury and we need to do a better job of giving him a chance," Gagner said. "Their chances were grade A chances that are going to be tough to stop. We have to do a better job of keeping things on the outside and not giving up those high danger ones."


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