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Current lineup is now struggling in Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings started the season with a 3-0-2 record, and everything looked like it was going Detroit’s way. Fast forward four days, and it seems like the season is starting to spiral into an uncontrollable tailspin. Two miserable losses in three days can make a team feel inept. A team that has missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons can feel like it is the end of the world.

Detroit looked terrific through the first five games of the season. On Tuesday, that all changed when New Jersey came to town and easily defeated the Red Wings 6-2. Two nights later, in Boston, the Red Wings took too many unnecessary penalties and handed the Bruins a 5-1 win.

What Going Wrong?

The penalty kill was flawless when the Red Wings were winning and feeling good about themselves. Against New Jersey, the Red Wings allowed one power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the second period to give the Devils a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. On Thursday in Boston, the Red Wings gave Boston seven power play opportunities. The Bruins scored three goals with the man advantage, and the Red Wings could not respond.

On Tuesday, the Red Wings went 0/3 on the power play. In Boston, the Red Wings went 0/5 on the power play. The inability to shut down the Bruins’ power play and not score with the man advantage is the same problem that recent Red Wings teams have encountered for the last several years.

So far this season, the Red Wings are still a respectable 10th in the NHL on the penalty kill with an 83.3% success rate. This compares to the 74.7% success rate from one year ago. The Red Wings power play is 21st in the NHL, with a success rate of 17.2%. This compares to the success rate of 16.4% from one year ago.

Current Lineup

The current lineup is having a difficult time generating chances. The Red Wings have been outscored 11-3 this week, and something needs to be done to stop the bleeding.

David Perron is now playing with Larkin and Kubalik

Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Larkin, and David Perron scored 12 of the 23 goals by the Red Wings this year. Some players must step it up before the season runs out of control. Lucas Raymond and Andrew Copp are still without a goal. The duo is now on the same line and contributed four assists through the first seven games. Filip Zadina has played five games and is also still without a goal. With four forwards currently out of the lineup, these players are given a chance to prove that they belong in the everyday lineup. Copp can be excused because he is just getting back into game shape after missing the entire preseason. Raymond and Zadina need to prove that they deserve to be in the lineup or risk being healthy scratches once the injured players begin to return.













Not in the lineup: Oesterle (healthy), Sundqvist (upper body), Vrana (personal), Fabbri (knee), Bertuzzi (upper body), Walman (shoulder), Pysyk (Achilles)

A Look Ahead

The Red Wings have two games remaining in the October schedule. On Saturday, the Red Wings host Minnesota. The Wild are 3-3-1 to start the season and are coming into the game on a two-game winning streak. On Monday, the Red Wings will travel to Buffalo for a Halloween affair. The Sabres are 4-3-0 to start the season and have lost two in a row.

Goaltender Interference? The Production Line Podcast

In this episode, we recap the Red Wings' last three games versus St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. David Perron scored his first hat trick as a Red Wing, Simon Edvinsson scored his first NHL goal, and more! We also discuss the Red Wings signing prospects Carter Mazur and William Wallinder to their ELCs, their impacts for the rest of the season in Grand Rapids, and if they could make the Red Wings next season. Marco Kasper is also reportedly coming over to North America for the rest of the season and could possibly report to Detroit.We wrap up by discussing the bottom of the NHL and where the Red Wings rank in the draft lottery odds, and which teams would be the best fit for Connor Bedard.Please rate and review our show on your favorite listening platform. Check out our partner's website at www.insidetherink.com for all your latest hockey news.
  1. Goaltender Interference?
  2. Edvinsson's Debut and Prospect Update
  3. Net-Front Special
  4. Trade Deadline Review and Future Outlook
  5. Larkin Extended and Hronek Traded

Chris Giles

Chris Giles is a former junior hockey player and coach from Canada. He has been a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan for almost 50 years. Chris is an avid golfer who has volunteered at several PGA and Canadian Open Championships throughout North America.

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