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The Wings This Week

11/12/2018 at 8:06am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They have won six of their past seven to inch toward .500 (7-8-2). They have won three in a row, all decided after regulation (two in shootouts, one in overtime) and each after erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period. That is the first time they have done that in club history.

Here are some trends and things to watch for this week:

Third period dominance

The Red Wings need to start stronger. They have scored an NHL-low 21 goals in the first two periods combined. But if they're within two goals in the third period, they have confidence in their comeback ability. They have 22 goals in the third period, tied for fourth in the league.

The Red Wings also have been money in shootouts, winning 17 of their past 19, a run that began late in the 2015-16 season.

Can Mantha heat up?

Anthony Mantha entered the season with high expectations after leading the Red Wings with 24 goals in 2017-18. He got off to a rough start, with three goals and five points in 16 games.

He acknowledged the main issue -- the need to move his feet on a consistent basis, compete harder for the puck and be engaged physically.

He scored twice in the third period Saturday in Carolina, leading the comeback that resulted in a 4-3 shootout victory. Now he needs to build on that performance.

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