Things are going from bad to worse for the Detroit Red Wings, who’re winless in 10 after losing to the New York Islanders Monday.
It was a game nobody really expected Detroit to win, but they were dusted by a final score of 4-1. That topped off their eighth straight regulation loss.
“It’s another game where we generate offense and generate offense and then they go down and score a goal,” Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin said. “We need to find a way to score more than we seem capable of right now. That’s something the forwards have to fix.”
This is now the Red Wings’ longest winless streak since February of 2018.
Detroit has just seven wins this season and has been dealt a few losing streaks, including an eight-game stretch that came earlier this year. Monday marked their 20th loss of the season in 30 games. It’s been a heavy run, as the Wings have played more games than any other NHL team.
Larkin, for his part, at least ending a scoring drought against the Islanders by chipping in his club’s only goal.
And now his team finally has a break, with four days off before a home game against Pittsburgh.
That may give the Red Wings time to lick their wounds and figure out a game plan that can actually convert. Detroit’s only scored four goals since Anthony Mantha went down to injury five games ago and their power play is all sorts of terrible.
Case in point: the Red Wings had over 10 minutes of power play time against the Islanders Monday but could only generate the Larkin goal past Semyon Varlamov. And prior to that, they scored a power play goal on the Washington Capitals on Saturday – their first power play goal in nine games.
What we have with this edition of the Red Wings is a team that can skate and shoot, but they can’t complete chances and set things up on the power play. Sometimes the line combinations seem wobbly, although Filip Zadina’s done a nice job filling in for Mantha.
So where does Detroit go from here? A lot can happen in four days off and it may be only a matter of time before we see some serious changes.
Many fans in Hockeytown are calling for Jeff Blashill’s tenure to finally and perhaps humanely come to an end. Detroit may have to take a look at sending him packing, as the 45-year-old’s ushered this team right out of post-season contention the last three seasons. And this year, the Red Wings aren’t even on pace for 30 wins.
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