DETROIT >> The Wings are 0-for-11 in the last three games on the power play.
“We’ve been struggling to get in the zone and even when we’ve had it in the zone we’ve struggled to get chances,” Danny DeKeyser said. “We have to get back to basics, be simple on it and get pucks to the net and get traffic because that’s how we’re going to score.”
The Wings were 0-for-4 on the power play against Edmonton on Friday, having two chances to win it late with back-to-back delay of game penalties one of which occurred in overtime giving them a 4-on-3 man advantage.
“I didn’t think we entered the zone at all last game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We didn’t enter it good and we weren’t very smooth. We had an unbelievable look when we threw it into Bert one time and we had a real good rebound chance when (Teemu) Pulkkinen shot it to (Riley) Sheahan and we didn’t score. It’s a fine line. If we have bad entries all night and we score a goal we think the power play is great. The power play wasn’t good (Friday) night, we talked about it and we met with the groups (Saturday), spent a couple seconds on it in practice to be ready for (Sunday).”
Entering play Saturday, Detroit’s power play is ranked 17th overall.
“We all know we’ve got to be better on the power play,” Tomas Tatar said. “We practiced, tried to make up some things, tried to make some plays, hopefully the breakouts work for us. We have to work way more. I think we have to put work before skill, just a couple of retrievals. Everyone has to battle to help each other. Hopefully it’s going to work. We practiced some things for the next game. We’ll see.”
The team isn’t making excuses for the lack of talent missing on that specialty unit.
“It’s changing all the time, but the guys stepping in are capable of playing on it,” DeKeyser said. “Whether it’s guys called up or guys that have been here for years we have depth.”