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The Wings Look Like A Different Team

02/08/2021 at 3:42pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Just by watching, you can see a notable difference on the ice.

The Red Wings have looked like a different team from Wednesday’s no-show against Tampa Bay, where the Wings were so poor on a variety of levels. In the last two games, particularly Sunday’s win over the Florida Panthers, this has been a different-looking, much-more-difficult-to-play-against Red Wings team.

So, what’s been the difference?

“Neutral zone, way better in the neutral zone and way better slowing teams down,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Sunday’s victory. “This is a team (Florida) that plays fast and they get behind you and we did a way better of clogging up the neutral zone. Both in our effort on Friday and (Sunday) we were way better in the neutral zone and creating turnovers and understanding how important that is.

"It's something we've worked hard at in the last couple practices and it's made a big difference in our game."

By playing more of a defensive style, the brand of hockey isn’t necessarily exciting or apt to present numerous highlights. The Wings would rather play low-scoring, tightly played games.

But from the Red Wings’ perspective, as long as they are the team with one more goal in the end, it’s fine.

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