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Videos- Recap Of The Wings OT Loss To The Blue Jackets

10/05/2018 at 8:15am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

One of the Detroit Red Wings' goals is to score more goals by spending more time in the offensive zone and less time defending.

They didn't come close to realizing that objective in their season-opening 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Red Wings 39-20 and dominated territorially.

"Too much time in D-zone coverage, so I thought the ice got titled too much the wrong way," Red Wing coach Jeff Blashill said. "When you're in D-zone coverage it's hard to establish a forecheck because you're getting it in and changing. We got to be able to get it out smoother than that, so as a result you're defending most of the time.

"The other thing that hurt us is we had chances to shoot pucks and create chaos, which would have created a little more O-zone. We didn't shoot enough pucks."

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below, Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News plus post-game videos, including the game highlights.

Krupa...

Cholowski, 20, and Rasmussen, 19, are both used to taking the next step in hockey. They have been doing it since early adolescence.

But, this time, the next step is The Big Step.

Cholowski and Rasmussen played their first games in the NHL for the Red Wings on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.

And, while the Wings entered opening night with five players new to the NHL — the most they debuted since the season before Steve Yzerman became captain in 1985 — the spotlight is brighter for their two first-round draft picks, from 2016 and 2017.

Winning is important. But it will be far more consequential this season if victory is provided by development from the prominent prospects.

To say there is a premium on development, especially at the high end, understates the case.

For a franchise starving for its next stars, it is critical that their first-round picks develop that potential.

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