It's the telltale sign of when Detroit is on top of its game.
Simply put, if you see the Red Wings spending long amounts of time in an opponent's zone -- finding ways to control the puck and put multiple shots on goal -- they're playing their best. In the first two games of this series, that hasn't been the case and Detroit was limited to just one goal in each 2-1 loss.
Thus, it was no surprise to hear the Red Wings talking about better puck control and playing faster after Tuesday's practice.
"We have to use our speed a lot more," captain Nicklas Lidstrom
said. "We have to be even more of a skating team and when we have the puck, hang onto it. We can't be taking one shot and then backchecking when it goes the other way. We've got to retrieve the puck after shots and spend more time in their zone."