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Wings Want Filip Zadina To Go To The Net

09/16/2019 at 6:04am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was a sequence during Sunday’s Red-White game when Frans Nielsen drove to the net and slipped a pass to Filip Zadina, who tried to stuff the puck around the goal post.

That’s where the Detroit Red Wings want Zadina to be: in a rectangular area around the net, roughly from hashmark to hashmark and hashmark to goal line, where the Wings say an estimated 40% of NHL goals are scored.

It’s the same message the Wings stressed to Anthony Mantha a couple years ago: find ways to be around the net and the goals will start piling up....

“Probably it’s going to be my game — go more to the net and I’ll be more productive,” Zadina said Sunday. “There are some places around the net where you can score more goals than the other, so if I will be there more, I will probably get more goals.”...

“The secret is learning how to earn your own confidence through the work you put in, and being mentally tough enough when your place slips a little bit that you know it’s going to come back,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But that comes back to putting the work in and having that true self confidence where you know you have the skill set to succeed and you know you’ve put the work in to succeed.”


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