Detroit — It wasn’t an entire misplaced weekend for the Red Wings.
They did earn one level in Friday’s extra time loss to Dallas. But then once more, it was solely the one level they earned, out of a potential 4, while you add Saturday’s loss in Nashville.
So, it wasn’t nice, by any commonplace.
And, if something, it was a irritating one for the Wings, who felt they may have way more whereas enjoying two of the higher groups within the Western Conference.
“We ought to have gained (Friday), and we have been proper there (Saturday),” defenseman Marc Staal stated after Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Nashville. “No, I do not suppose they’re on a distinct degree than us. We simply have to determine out a means to make it go our means.
“Right now, we simply weren’t ready to do it.”
Coach Jeff Blashill by no means has been a giant believer in “measuring sticks,” or measuring his workforce in opposition to others within the NHL. In Blashill’s thoughts, the NHL is a day by day measuring stick. Every sport is a measuring stick.
But for the Wings in these two games, it was a irritating to be in good place to win each, but come away with so little. It was one other, painful studying expertise.
“Certainly while you play good groups you discover out rather a lot about your self,” Blashill stated. “We ought to have gained (Friday), we’re sitting there in place to win it and we should always have gained, and (Saturday) we may have gained the sport. It’s not like we have been hemmed in and hanging on by any stretch. It was a reasonably even sport; they’d a number of extra probabilities than we did.
“But we definitely have been proper there, in place to win the hockey sport.”
Blashill has been imparting a well-recognized message in comparable games just lately the Wings have misplaced: They want to study to win them.
“We have to discover methods to win,” Blashill stated. “I’ve talked about it earlier than, however we have performed slightly higher job of that, however you’ve got to make to certain to win (Friday’s sport) in regulation and have to close the sport (Saturday).”
Special groups loss
The sport throughout the sport within the NHL is at all times the particular groups battle, and Saturday, Nashville dominated it.
While the Wings have been goal-less in 5 power-play makes an attempt, the Predators have been 1-for-3. Nashville’s objective — and the Wings’ futility — swung momentum within the sport.
The Wings had a four-minute energy play late within the first interval that carried into the second interval, and did not produce a objective. Nashville’s energy play objective from Nick Cousins acquired the Predators on the scoreboard within the second interval, they usually shortly added one other objective.
“When you go on the road on the back half of back-to-backs against a good team, you would like to win the specialty teams battle,” Blashill said.
Especially against a good team such as Nashville, a team like Detroit must capitalize on the power play to have a chance to win.
“We let them have a power-play goal, and we didn’t get anything on ours,” Staal said. “You lose the special teams game, especially on the road, it’s tough to win. It definitely played a part in it.”
The Wings lost defenseman Gustav Lindstrom in the second period, and Lindstrom did not return to the game. Blashill had no update on Lindstrom, but may know more at Monday’s practice. The Wings didn’t practice Sunday.
“He left the game, but I honestly don’t have much more of an update than that,” Blashill said. “I just know he couldn’t finish.”
… Forward Adam Erne scored the lone Wings’ goal, ending a 20-game drought between goals. Erne burst out of the penalty box, took an outlet pass from Tyler Bertuzzi, and scored on a breakaway.
The line of Erne, Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina was arguably one of the Wings’ better lines against Nashville, creating a significant amount of offensive-zone time.
“Earns (Erne) the last couple of games has played much better,” Blashill stated. “He went into a little bit of a funk, which happens. (Erne) and Ras have pretty good chemistry. When they’ve been with Vladdy (Namestnikov) they’ve been real good at times. Zadina played good (Saturday). Overall it was a good line, I’m glad that Earns scored and hopefully we can get that line going at a higher level.”
… Bertuzzi was within the penalty field for practically the primary seven minutes of the third interval after getting right into a combat (and slashing) Nashville’s Matt Benning at 19:46 of the second interval.
Bertuzzi is a bodily participant who is not going to again down, however the Wings miss his offense when not within the lineup.
“It happens, he’s a tough kid and it’s the way it goes,” Blashill said. “You got to find ways to absorb it, though.”