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The Wings Need To Start Winning Tight Games

02/10/2021 at 7:12am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s been a frustrating month for the Wings, who came into the season confident they were deeper and better than the squad that finished last in 2020. But losing five players to COVID-19 protocols in the opening week dashed hopes early, and led to going eight games without a victory before heading into a Sunday-Tuesday series at Florida.

Zadina made it 1-0 less than four minutes into Tuesday’s game, and the Wings held the lead for a little over 12 minutes in the first period before the Panthers tied it at 1.

“I was pleased with parts of the game,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think we were competitive. We did a good job battling. We hurt ourselves the second half of the first and the first half of the second by turning pucks over.

“I thought overall we did a good job defending, we didn’t give them a whole bunch of chances. These are the types of games we need to put ourselves in and we need to find a way to win. We have to find a way to score.”

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"We had chances, we had looks on the power play and zone time and we just didn't get it by (goaltender Sergei) Bobrovsky," forward Dylan Larkin said. "It could have gone either way. We played hard. We made mistakes, but we made up for them with work ethic and our compete level."

The Wings (3-9-2) head to Nashville for two games to complete this six-game, longest road trip of the season.

"These are the types of games we need to put ourselves in and keep finding ways to win," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We had chances on the power play, but we have to find ways to score."

The Wings were 0-for-3 on the power play, including two attempts early in the third period trailing 2-1.

"It would have been real nice to score there," Larkin said. "Like I said, we had our looks. In the end, we have to get it into the net."

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