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Charging the Power-Play

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 3:54 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Hey the Red Wings are 2-0-0 on the young season. But while they’ve taken care of business by beating the teams that they should, like Ottawa and Colorado – a pair of teams that have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons – the Wings know that they can play better, especially on the power-play.

“We haven't executed well,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We've got some good breakouts and we've been setting up, but we haven't gotten the shots when you need them.'”

Through the first two games, the Wings are 0-for-9 with the man-advantage.

With a few days to prepare for their next opponent – Thursday when the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks visit Joe Louis Arena – coach Mike Babcock said Monday that he plans to juggle one of the power-play units by using Jiri Hudler on the point with Niklas Kronwall.

“I'm not getting Huds on the ice enough,” Babcock said. “Then Huds and Mule can get switching in and out of the middle on that thing. I'll have (Danny) Cleary at the net with them and (Valtteri) Filppula so we'll have a different look on our second group than or first group.”

Only Columbus and Anaheim have had more PP opportunities and remain scoreless with a man-advantage.

“Specialty teams are going to be important,” Lidstrom said. “We worked a little bit on the power play today after practice but that's something we'll be working on a little more to get it going and get some goals on it.'”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89