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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80