On their first two goals came from right around the net, do you think you need to be a little bit harder in those situations?
Defense - DET
Goals: 0 | Assists: 2 | Pts: 2
Shots: 9 | +/-: -3
“I don’t think, I know we have to be harder. That’s something that we have to work on as a group, get stronger in front of both nets.”
How would you access your play through 10 games?
“Me personally, not very good. I have to be a lot better than I have been.”
What’s been the issue for you?
“Not executing, I think that’s the biggest thing. I just gotta be better all in all.”
Last real good all-around game was vs. Tampa Bay (Oct. 13), what’s been the problem?
“I wish I had a good answer to it because it would be a lot easier to fix. We’ve just got to get back to keeping it simple and making the right decisions out there.”
You had 27 shots that didn’t make it to the net, is that something that needs to be worked on?
“Yeah, that’s one area. There are a few areas that definitely we need to work on. There’s no doubt about that. I thought the energy level tonight was pretty good. Power play needs to get better, we need to get one more there. But all in all, again, we need to have less turnovers in our own zone.”
In general, what don’t you like about the power play right now?
“I think we just got to get more pucks to the net. I think that’s the biggest thing, a little too much on the outside. Get it into the net and create chaos from there.”
How do you like the penalty kill that you’ve been able to put forth?
“I thought all in all it was pretty good.”
Do you get a sense that you guys are close to getting the details worked out?
“I think so, but again, the execution in our own zone that’s where everything starts. If we make a first good pass then off we go from there. A lot of times we spend too much time in our own zone just because we don’t execute on the first time.”
Could your power play have done more tonight?
Left Wing - DET
Goals: 3 | Assists: 9 | Pts: 12
Shots: 20 | +/-: E
"Yeah, obviously we got a lot of opportunities today. In a game like this, you have to take advantage of that and score more goals. I think in the first 5 on 3 we probably had one decent chance, I don't know how long we had, 29 seconds or something like that. Obviously on the second one we switched it up a little bit, got a little more looks, knocked in one but power play, gotta create more. We're trying, we're trying but the puck's not really going in."
Does it get tiring to have to say the same things after a loss like this?
"It does but I don't know what else to say. We're talking about it. We're trying to do the right things, keep it simple, get the pucks in, play in their end. Obviously they're going to spend some time in our end. It is frustrating. After the first three games, this is downhill pretty fast. We have bits and pieces here and there where we were showing what we can do but the lowest level has got to be way higher than this and it goes for everyone. So chance here tomorrow again, in Ottawa, I mean. Just gotta regroup and go at it."
How do you explain so many shots that are missing the mark lately?
"Pressing a little bit and obviously you don't want to hit when they're blocking shots, too, you don't want to hit that and go all the way to the end. You'd rather keep the puck in their zone. There's a few times where they're screening and we're missing the net. I think we keep putting more pucks on the net, we're getting more opportunities to shoot and we just gotta funnel more pucks to the net. I don't know how many shots we had tonight, 30 or something. It's getting up there but we have to be more aggressive when we get the chances."
Do you like where the team’s compete level was tonight?
"On and off. I think we have to be more consistent with it. I think we see it once in a while and we have a few good shifts in a row where we're creating a lot of momentum and we spend a lot of time in their end but it's too short. We have to shift by shift, line after line, go in and do that. Gotta keep working."
Do you need to see more physicality out of the guys?
"It's tough now to say right now. But I think overall this year, we probably have to be a little bit more aggressive in front of our net and also in front of theirs. Both their goals, 50-50 pucks that come in and end up on their stick instead of ours."
What was the difference between the second and third periods?
Right Wing - DET
Goals: 4 | Assists: 3 | Pts: 7
Shots: 27 | +/-: -3
“It’s frustrating. The biggest thing is I thought we had a lot of chances on the power play. We scored one but to win games when you get that many opportunities that was a big part I thought. We need to do a better job on the power play. The penalty kill did a good job. It was a tight game out there. We were looking for that bounce to get the last goal but they managed to ice the game.”You’ve had the same personnel on PP as last year, so is there anything you can put your finger on as the problem?
“No I think we’re pretty much doing a lot of the same things, maybe a couple of tweaks. I think for the most part to be honest with you I think we’re creating some chances out there. We’ve just got to find a way to put them in the back of the net instead of missing the net or having the goalie save them. The execution can also get better but it’s just a matter of bearing down and scoring some.”How baffled are you that this team is struggling to score goals?
“Yeah it’s frustrating. Right now we’re not generating enough goals."
Through 10 games I think it’s been like that most of the time to be honest with you. Hank’s line has been carrying us for a while now.
Whoever is playing on it with him seems to be generating some goals but us other guys, we’ve got to do a better job of stepping up. It doesn’t matter who you’re out there playing against you’ve got to be able to generate some offense, too. We’ve got to do a better job of that.”It was probably the Tampa Bay game that was this team’s last complete effort, why so long?
“There’s a lot of different things we talk about. Today I think we skated pretty hard. I thought our D were really active. They followed up, they had jump. The forwards I thought had jump, too. The skating was better. That hasn’t been as good as the Tampa game. This game was game I thought was close to that game so I think that’s a step along the way. We’ve just got to – it’s a new day tomorrow. We’re playing them again so it’s a big game. We’re excited for that obviously to get another chance right off the bat.”Do you feel it’s close with this group?
“I think we’re still staying positive in here. We know we have a good group, it’s just trying to get on a roll here and get some wins. We’re playing them again tomorrow so it’s a huge game for us.”Will you get a chance to watch your namesake in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile tomorrow?
“No, I didn’t know it was tomorrow. I’m going to focus on our game instead.” JEFF BLASHILL
You shuffled lines, how did they look to you?
|Dylan Larkin had three shots on goal Friday, but made some incredible plays to set up several teammates in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
“I thought in large parts of the game we worked harder but didn’t get enough accomplished. We’ll probably stay with lots of the lines the way they were but we still need to be better.”Frustrated that you didn’t get enough traffic for rebound opportunities?
“Fair assessment. Their D did a better job of keeping us out than our forwards did of getting there. We’re going to have to be way better at that. It’s hard to score in this league for sure. Our guys know that and we’re going to have to do a better job of getting to the net.”Do you need to be more physical at both net fronts?
“We talk about owning each crease and we didn’t own each crease tonight. They scored two net-front goals and we couldn’t get to the net, so not good enough there.”Was the team’s compete level better tonight?
“I think the energy and compete level was good, certainly better than on Tuesday. I thought early, sometimes when you try real hard you don’t think great and we gave up chances we didn’t need to because we were going forward when they were coming at us, whether it was our D or our forwards, but I thought there was a want and a will but we still got to be more determined. We got to continue to run up our determination level.”What did you think of Sheahan’s play?
“I thought he took a step in the right direction in terms of his involvement and impact on the game. He’s doing pretty good on faceoffs, too, so that was one of the reasons he was out there late in the game. I thought he took a step in the right direction.”Has this become a disturbing trend?
“I don’t know what the word is, I think we’ve been close lots but we got to find ways to points. I believe in process over a long period of time and results will follow but our process has to get better and then we got to find ways to points as well. You have to continue to grind here. It’s frustrating but nobody is feeling sorry for us. We’re going to have to pick ourselves up tomorrow and find a way to grind out two points.”Frustrated with the lack of second chances?
“Not enough seconds. We still haven’t got enough guys getting to the inside and then certainly we didn’t win the battles in front of their net, they won the battle, so not enough seconds for sure.”Why did you take Larkin out and put Pulkkinen in on 5 on 3?
“I think five on threes it’s way easier to do a lefty-righty on top, it gives you a lot of different combos and gives you that up-down one-timer, which we did twice and ultimately we scored on it.”There hasn‘t been enough scoring from other lines?
“In order to be a good team we’re going to need depth of scoring, so we need way more guys contributing on the score sheet. I thought some guys took steps in the right direction tonight but we still need more. Part of that is the determination to get to the net front, part of that is to get seconds but ultimately we need more results from more guys.”Your thoughts on too many missed and blocked shots?
“They do a good job fronting. When they front, you got to do a good job of getting those rebounds off the fronts. We’re different, we box out more, which means you box out and clear out and try to give your goalie a chance to see the puck. They stand in front of the goalie and try to block shots. Kind of two ways to do it. In the end we didn’t get enough shots through for sure.”