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Trending: Listless Red Wings blanked by Panthers, 4-0

Detroit shut out for the second time this season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

SUNRISE -- The Red Wings' lack of energy and confidence led to a listless performance in the Sunshine State.

The Florida Panthers, coming off a successful western Canada swing, dominated the ice in every area, blanking the Wings, 4-0.

The Wings fell to 4-10-1 and 2-6-0 on the road.

Detroit is 1-9-1 in its last 11 games after starting the season 3-1. In that span, opponents have outscored the Wings, 46-19.

The Panthers improved to 7-3-4 overall and 3-1-1 at home.

Brett Connolly, Aleksander Barkov (power play) and Jonathan Huberdeau (two) scored for the Panthers.

Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier (2-4-1), who played in relief of Jimmy Howard Friday night, made the start and had 37 saves.

Florida netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (6-2-3) made 22 saves for his first shutout as a Panther.

Up next for the Wings after a day off is a Monday night home game against the Nashville Predators.

The Panthers will wait until Thursday to play their next game when the Washington Capitals come to town.

1. Lack of offense: Generally, the team that played the night before has a little bit of advantage in the first period and the team that did not play is looking to weather the storm. But that was not the case as the Panthers scored early and late in the first. Connolly's goal came right after the Panthers' power play had expired at 3:05 and Barkov's came with the man-advantage at 16:54. The Wings only mustered six shots in the first period and went long stretches without a shot in the second. Face-offs were a problem as well as the Wings won just 24-of-54 for a 44 percent success rate. The Panthers, known as an excellent shot-blocking team, had 13 blocks and were able to limit the Wings to just 22 shots.

Quotable: "I think they skated better in the beginning. They spent a lot of time in our zone. We had a tough time getting out of our zone. It's tough then just trying to get out on the ice and they were able to keep the pressure on. They seemed to be skating better than us. They blocked a lot of shots. There's not really excuses. We're trying to find ways to shoot more and try to get them through. When you get the first one through, you're gonna get maybe a rebound, maybe a second and third chance that's gonna get your shot total up as well." - Valtteri Filppula

Quotable II: "I thought some of our highly-skilled players didn't compete hard enough tonight. Not every guy but enough of them. We didn't have enough close to our A games by our best players for different reasons. Maybe it's compete, maybe it's execution. Whatever it might be, we're relying on our young guys and I'll just say a lot of our young guys weren't good enough tonight. I think the team that plays before is battle tested and you should have an advantage and it was the exact opposite tonight. Partially, you take a penalty on the second shift of the game. I thought our first shift was great. We got it in behind them in their end. Second shift we're fine until we got a high sticking penalty I don't think we needed to take and then it's in our net. So now you start playing on your heels a little bit, especially for a team that's given up too many goals and hasn't won enough games. That probably plays into it a little bit. We gotta make sure we come out way stronger than that. " - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

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2. Mike Green/Trevor Daley: No doubt if asked, Green would say it hasn't been an ideal start to the season for him. Not just because of the team's woes and the injuries on defense, but because Green hasn't quite found a groove. In Friday night's 7-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Green played 24 shifts for 19:10, had two shots and was minus-3. Green had a lot of company in the minus category. But in 14 games this season, Green has just one goal and one assist, far below his usual offensive production. But it was a surprise to find that Green was scratched from the Panthers game. Joe Hicketts, who had played in two straight games, was also a scratch. That allowed Dennis Cholowski and Alex Biega to draw back into the lineup. After the game, Blashill said Green could not play due to illness and he did not have an update on Daley, who was unable to finish the game. Daley finished with 23 shifts for 13:36 and was minus-2.

Quotable: "I don't think there's any doubt we've been fragile. We better dig in. We control our confidence. We've done a pretty good job after we went through that stretch in Calgary and Edmonton, and I've thought we've done a pretty good job of our next game mentality, next shift mentality. We're gonna have to find a way to learn from this thing and regroup Monday and play a real game. I thought certainly there was tons of frustration at the end. Probably everybody including myself. You're frustrated but that ultimately is a wasted emotion. We gotta be better for sure. We gotta did in Monday and find a way to win a game." - Blashill

Quotable II: "Definitely, we do lack confidence as a group. Everyone is doing their own job. If everyone just give a little bit more I think we'll be ok, we've just got to give a little bit more and stay within our structure. Once you're trying too much sometimes you open things up and that's when they get their scoring chance(s). We've just got to stick to our system and we'll be fine." - Bernier

3. Special teams: The Red Wings have said repeatedly that they would ideally like to have their special teams be in the top 10 in both power play and penalty kill. They started the season off with both of those elements working as they began the season 3-1. But since then, both have fallen off drastically. The power play is slightly better than the penalty kill but not significantly so. The Wings went 0-for-3 on the power play and only killed off 1-of-2 on the penalty kill. With some games still to be played Saturday, the Wings ranked 25th in the league with the man-advantage at 14 percent compared to the Boston Bruins' league-leading 30.9 percent. The penalty kill is ranked 29th at 70.2 percent compared to the San Jose Sharks' 90.7 percent.

Quotable: "It's a big key. You need to be able to win special teams and now we're losing them. We're letting goals in and not able to score on the power play. That's something we need to focus on." - Filppula

Quotable II: "Obviously we're giving up tons on the penalty kill, so that puts a lot of pressure on you. But our power play's gotta be way better. Ultimately, we got a whole bunch of young guys in real important spots. They've gotta get the job done, and they didn't get the job done, and they haven't got the job done. Our power play's not good enough. We gotta dig in way more. We gotta fight way harder for pucks. We can't give away wasted possessions by unneeded turnovers." - Blashill

Quotable III: "We're a little lost sometimes, but what hurts us right now is our special teams. We've got to find a way to score some big goals and we've go to find a way to stop their team as well. It all comes down to special teams." - Bernier

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