PITTSBURGH -- In a back and forth affair, the Red Wings dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Penguins Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
Gustav Nyquist scored twice with Darren Helm, Ben Street, and Matt Lorito each scoring a goal for Detroit.
With the loss, the Wings drop to 0-2 for the preseason.
They get a chance for their first victory of the preseason Thursday night in Chicago against the Blackhhawks.
1. Power play begins to click: When Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill decided to essentially keep the Red Wings together as one team (Team Delvecchio) during training camp in Traverse City, he wanted the Wings specialty teams together from day one. Last season, Detroit's power play was erratic at best. After going 0-for-4 with the man-advantage Tuesday night in Boston, the Wings turned it around a bit on Wednesday, going 3-for-6 with the extra attacker against the Penguins. It's still a work in progress, but maybe Blashill's training camp decision will pay off this season. A potent power play is a must if the Wings are going to make the playoffs.
Quotable: "I think like anything, if you can get off to a good start, you can gain confidence. That's not the units that we'll necessarily start the year with but obviously Nyquie and Tats are a big part of the one unit. I thought they were a big part of the success today. I thought Helmer and Streeter and Hicks did a good job on that unit as well. But certainly when it goes in the net, you got a better chance to feel good about yourself."- Blashill
2. Trevor Daley returns to Pittsburgh: It was a homecoming of sorts for Wings defenseman Trevor Daley. Pittsburgh has won back-to-back Stanley Cups and Daley was a crucial part of those Penguins teams. Last season the Penguins were decimated by injuries and Daley provided solid play during the Penguins' run to the cup. The Wings are expecting Daley to provide a calming influence and an offensive spark for the Wings, much like he did for the Penguins.
Quotable: "It felt good. Obviously, it's always fun to see the guys. I've got a lot of good memories with the guys over there. This city's been real good to me. It was exciting to come back. Yeah, it was definitely hard (to leave the Penguins). When you do what we managed to do as a team over there, it was pretty special. To leave was pretty tough. But new chapter. I'm excited to be with Detroit and try to start a new one." - Daley
3. Jeff Blashill soothsayer? After Wednesday's practice, Blashill predicted that Nyquist would have two goals in Wednesday preseason game in Pittsburgh. Not only did Nyquist live up to his coach's declaration, he also chipped in a couple of assists. If the Wings are going to rebound as a team this season, Nyquist must improve upon the 12 goals he posted last season. If Wednesday is any indication, it appears Nyquist is focused to find the back of the twine.
Quotable: "It feels a long time ago you played hockey, feels good to produce a little bit but it's the first game of preseason for this group. It feels nice to be on the ice again. It's been a long summer. We're all excited to get back at it, so obviously it would have been nice with a comeback win but unfortunately we couldn't get it done." - Nyquist