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Charging the Power-Play

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Hey the Red Wings are 2-0-0 on the young season. But while they’ve taken care of business by beating the teams that they should, like Ottawa and Colorado – a pair of teams that have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons – the Wings know that they can play better, especially on the power-play.

“We haven't executed well,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We've got some good breakouts and we've been setting up, but we haven't gotten the shots when you need them.'”

Through the first two games, the Wings are 0-for-9 with the man-advantage.

With a few days to prepare for their next opponent – Thursday when the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks visit Joe Louis Arena – coach Mike Babcock said Monday that he plans to juggle one of the power-play units by using Jiri Hudler on the point with Niklas Kronwall.

“I'm not getting Huds on the ice enough,” Babcock said. “Then Huds and Mule can get switching in and out of the middle on that thing. I'll have (Danny) Cleary at the net with them and (Valtteri) Filppula so we'll have a different look on our second group than or first group.”

Only Columbus and Anaheim have had more PP opportunities and remain scoreless with a man-advantage.

“Specialty teams are going to be important,” Lidstrom said. “We worked a little bit on the power play today after practice but that's something we'll be working on a little more to get it going and get some goals on it.'”

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