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What A Difference A Week Makes

01/29/2021 at 8:19am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Considering the positive vibes of the four-game season-opening home stand (2-2), the Wings return home a week later in a downward spin.

"We took a real step back," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We have to regroup. It's not going to be easy. We're getting home late and we have to turn around and play on Saturday but we have to find a way to regroup. Dig deeper and ultimately we have to a lot of guys play a lot better. We have individuals who can play better hockey for sure."...

"We worked our way back into the game, made it 4-3 and the game got away from us," forward Dylan Larkin said. "That's the Western Conference champs over there, and we were in it again, and we just let it slip away and we can't keep letting two points slip away here. Every game is important within our division."...

"We're fighting against ourselves, not actually fighting, but we have the puck on the stick and we're nervous to make plays and we don't want it on our stick," Larkin said. "We're second-guessing everything and not moving around. We're not hard on it to get in on entries.

"Every power-play goal we scored this year, we kept it simple and threw it on net, and it's not the prettiest goals, but it's in the net. We didn't do that nearly enough and it has to find a way to get going."

Said Blashill: "You get 12 minutes of power-play time, you have to score and score earlier than that. We changed the units around going into the third period and it still wasn't good enough. We're not executing."

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Below, watch Larkin and Blashill in one video.

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