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A2Y- Too Much Of This

01/05/2023 at 10:08am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have looked up at the scoreboard the past five games and seen deficits of 5-0, 2-0, 5-0, 4-0 and 1-0.

They came back to win three of those games. They have liked their five-on-five play much of the time and out-chanced the opposition some of those nights.

But in the long run, playing a lot of catch-up hockey catches up to you, as it did Wednesday in a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Little Caesars Arena.

“It’s not sustainable,” Dylan Larkin said. “You have to play a full 60 minutes and try to get leads, especially on home ice, that’s very important. You get your matchups. It’s an environment you’re comfortable with. You got to find a way to get a goal.”

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils was a prime example of the type of game the Detroit Red Wings must win in order to turn their playoff dreams into reality.

If earning a wild card postseason place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference is on the club’s list of things to do – and naturally, the players insist to a man that it is – then they can’t be squandering points against other teams who are operating with the same mindset.

So far this season, Detroit is merely treading water in that regard. in fact, Wednesday’s setback pushed their collective heads under water.

The Red Wings are now 6-7-2 in games against teams who came into Wednesday’s NHL action wiith between 38-49 points. We excluded the Tampa Bay Lightning from the equation, because if anyone thinks the Lightning are going to be fighting for a wild card place at season’s end, then they really haven’t been paying attention the past few seasons.

New Jersey Devils was a prime example of the type of game the Detroit Red Wings must win in order to turn their playoff dreams into reality.

If earning a wild card postseason place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference is on the club’s list of things to do – and naturally, the players insist to a man that it is – then they can’t be squandering points against other teams who are operating with the same mindset.

So far this season, Detroit is merely treading water in that regard. in fact, Wednesday’s setback pushed their collective heads under water.

The Red Wings are now 6-7-2 in games against teams who came into Wednesday’s NHL action wiith between 38-49 points. We excluded the Tampa Bay Lightning from the equation, because if anyone thinks the Lightning are going to be fighting for a wild card place at season’s end, then they really haven’t been paying attention the past few seasons.

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Paul

14 minutes with Dylan Larkin and Derek Lalonde.

Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"On the whole, an incredibly frustrating night in that poor special teams and great performance by their goalie overshadowed a pretty good five-on-five game for us," the Wings' head coach said. "Which is frustrating."

The Wings were shut out until the 58th minute, when Lucas Raymond converted on the Wings' second power play. By then, the Devils already had scored on two of their man advantages, and another of their goals came two seconds after Wings defenseman Jake Walman left the penalty box for the second time.

"This game was a special-teams battle we lost," Larkin said. "They scored on their power play pretty easily. The first one is a missed assignment by me — lost the faceoff, and it’s in the back of the net. I really think the way we played five-on-five, we had a chance to win the hockey game. The wheels fell off in the third, but we outshot them. We just didn’t get it past [Vitek] Vanecek five-on-five, and I think that is the story.

"We felt if we got one there going into the second or even the third, we were going to get a couple, and it just didn’t happen. We didn’t convert on our chances, and the chances were there."

From the moment he was named head coach last summer, Lalonde has emphasized playing team defense. He has said time and again the Wings "aren't built for scoring," and that isn't going to change even as they welcomed Robby Fabbri to the lineup, with Tyler Bertuzzi and Filip Zadina projected to return mid-month.

"It's the focus every day," Larkin said. "It’s every video session. We do a lot of video, and a lot of it is on defense. In the beginning of the season, when we were not allowing many goals against, our penalty kill got off to a great start."

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Paul

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

For starters, the news is all positive. Making his first AHL start since the 2020-21 season, Nedeljkovic was stopping 26 shots and leading the Griffins to a 3-1 victory. In the process, he was also earning recognition as the game’s first star.

“It was almost necessary,” Nedeljkovic admitted of the conditioning loan request he was accepting as the behest of Red Wings management. “It’s really tough to replicate that game-type scenario in practices.”

It’s not where he wants to be. Certainly, it isn’t how Nedeljkovic or the Red Wings were expecting this season to play out.

At the same time, both parties are recognizing that it’s where Nedeljkovic must be for now, in order to get his game back to where he can be of help to Detroit at the NHL level.

“I think any player, you never want to go down like that, go down a level, but I haven’t played in a while,” Nedeljkovic said. “That was the idea in this whole situation to get some game action, feeling the puck in game situations.

“It was great. It had been awhile, so I was looking forward to it and I put together a good game.”

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TreKronor

Too much of this is right.  Last week Dylan said, "We ran out of time" after one of the games.  No...it's more like you didn't START on time.  

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