Wings winning battle with Blackhawks in faceoff dot

DETROIT — The Wings continue to win most of the draws taken through three games of the series.

After winning 52 percent of the faceoffs in Game 1, they increased it to 55 and then 56 over the next two games.

“It’s definitely a factor,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’ve got to get better in that area. That’s definitely an area that’s a point of emphasis going forward. All zones. All critical ones, special teams, PK, offensive-zone faceoffs we’ve given up a couple goals the last two games.”

Detroit’s first goal was directly associated with a lost draw in the Wings’ zone.

“Well, you’ve got a tendency to look at the guy you’re against and what his tendencies are and getting an even puck drop is what we’re looking for, finding ways where … if you’re not going to win it, we’ve got a 50/50 chance along the line,” Quenneville said. “So, there’s more work we can do and not just counting our centermen coming up with the win and not just laying the onus on them.”

Every Wing that took at least two faceoffs in Game 3 won at least 55 percent of the time.

“Our power play, it starts with faceoffs,” Quenneville said.


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