Thrashers-Red Wings Preview
GAME: Atlanta Thrashers (19-16-3-1) at Detroit Red Wings (22-12-4-1).
TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST.
The highest-scoring teams in the NHL, even though they haven't looked like
it lately, will square off when the Detroit Red Wings host the Atlanta
Detroit was the league's top scoring team in 2002-03 with 269 goals, and is
the leader again this season with 126. Atlanta is second with 115.
The Red Wings, however, have been limited to four goals in their last four
games. They're 1-2-1 and have been shut out twice during that span.
"I don't think we're shooting the puck at the right time," Detroit coach
Dave Lewis said.
The Thrashers have been very streaky offensively, and could be in the midst
of another scoring funk with just three goals in their last two games. Atlanta
had scored 14 times in its previous three games following a stretch in which it
was shut out in three straight losses.
A usually prolific power-play unit for Detroit has gone flat, going
scoreless in 20 straight opportunities. The Red Wings were 0-for-6 on the power
play in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Chicago.
"We didn't play well at all," Detroit's Brendan Shanahan said. "We were
stupid. We made poor decisions. Our commitment to work and battle, (was) maybe
the lowest it's been in any game this year."
Atlanta has scored a league-high 40 third-period goals, but failed to find
the net in the final 20 minutes of Monday's 2-1 home loss to Montreal. The
Thrashers outshot the Canadiens 13-7 in the final period.
Goaltender Byron Dafoe made 26 saves, but gave up two goals in a four-minute
stretch at the end of the first period before stopping the Canadiens the rest
of the way.
"Basically, four minutes cost us the game," Dafoe said. "I thought we
played a lot better in the second and third."
Atlanta's offense, however, has had no success against Detroit.
The Red Wings have outscored the Thrashers 30-10 in winning all six meetings
between the teams, including an 11-3 scoring edge in three matchups at Detroit.