It was no secret the Detroit Red Wings would be an underdog to the Dallas Stars in this mid week series. However it was disappointing to see the Wings make the same mistakes game in and game out. Poor decisions by defenseman, forwards trying to make that extra pass with open shooting lanes just to name a few of them. The number one thing that has to improve for the Red Wings to compete is the special teams. Dallas was able to carve up the Wings penalty kill with ease, especially in game two. A few bright spots for the Wings included Tyler Bertuzzi’s net front presence and finally some secondary scoring.
We will start with the bad and ugly first. The toughest thing to watch between these two games was by far the special teams play. The Red Wings ended up allowing two powerplay play goals on seven opportunities. The really ugliness of the special teams showed its face on the power play for the Wings. At times Detroit struggled to enter the zone, what was even more painful to watch was the constant use of the dumb and chase method. If it was not for the speed and effort of Larkin and Taro Hirose I don’t think the Wings would have had any chance in setting up the power play. The Wings ended the two game series going one for ten on their opportunities. That puts Detroit at 15% on the year, ranked 20th in the league.
Game 1 of the series ended up being the closer battle between the two. The game ended up being a low scoring affair, with minimal opportunities from both teams. A bad giveaway from the Wings in their defensive zone ended up resulting in the winning OT goal by Jason Dickinson. Detroit managed a couple scoring chances in overtime but sadly only ended up with 1 point from both games combined.
Now for some positive news regarding Detroit. The Wings finally got some secondary scoring from players like Namestnikov and Filppula. Goals from players like them will be huge for a team that still awaits the return of Zadina and Fabbri from the Covid list. Bertuzzi continues to play great this season, as he was able to add one of the nicer goals of the year on the powerplay. Bert was able to bat a puck out of mid-air past the rookie goaltender Oettinger accounting for the Red Wings lone power play goal in the series. One more positive that was noticed between the two games was the Wings able to get more pucks on the net. This was an issue that was very noticeable in the series against Chicago and Carolina. The Red Wings will travel home to go up against the Florida Panthers on back to back days this weekend.
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