DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice.
The Wings’ power play in all likelihood cost them the game Sunday in Chicago.
And that’s why most of practice Monday was focused on the power play.
“Well, it’s not an issue with personnel,” Danny Cleary said. “We feel that we have great personnel out there. I feel we have to have a little more work ethic out there. Get the loose pucks back after shots. That’s what we were trying to emphasis on out there today, and actually the whole time. But retrieves are important. We have guys in front of the net. I think we have to shoot a little bit more from the outside.”
The Wings went 0-for-6 with the man advantage Sunday, squandering 11:17 of power play time away in the 2-1 loss in overtime to the Blackhawks.
They’re now 2-for-26 on the power play this season.
Much of the reason is the lack of shots the Wings are getting with the extra man. On Sunday they had just five.
“We need shots,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t care who’s getting them. If you look at our shot totals, (Henrik Zetterberg) is leading us with 23, (Damien) Brunner has 22 and I think (Johan Franzen) has 15. Pavel (Datsyuk) doesn’t have enough.
“I’d like (Niklas Kronwall) to have a lot more on the power play and I’d like to have more shots from inside the dots and not from the outside,” Babcock continued. “When you’re the Mule and you’re net front you want someone to shoot the puck otherwise you’re standing there and wondering what you’re doing. You’re standing around and you have dust on you, you don’t do anything. Homer used to come to the bench and yell at me to tell them to shoot, shoot. And Mule’s not doing that, but he’s thinking the same thing. If they shoot he’s got a chance to generate offense. If they don’t shoot, he goes and gets the puck back and stands there and watches them pass it around. You have to shoot to score.”