Red Wings explores ways to solve road woes in the Red Wings
DETROIT Jeff Blashill joked about wanting to take the home crowd on the road, where his Detroit Red Wings have struggled in recent weeks.
The Red Wings will have to navigate their road woes in the old-fashioned manner by executing and outplaying the opponent. It doesnt get more challenging than Tuesday in Boston (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit), where the Red Wings are 1-11-2 in their last 14 visits, including the playoffs.
But they are 1-6-1 in their previous eight games away from Little Caesars Arena, 3-7-1 overall on the road.
Blashill stated that they needed more effort in gaining momentum.
If there's not a play to be made you live another day, you get to defend better and not give up easy chances. A team like Boston will earn enough of them and then stay out of the box. All of these things help sort of keep the game boring and you grind away.
I believe we've played really good at home for a variety of reasons, but partly because the energy with which we play with and some of that is assisted by the crowd. I believe the crowd has been amazing, so it's become a real hard building to play in for opponents. We got to make sure when we go into opponents' arenas, we don't allow it to become a hard building to play in.
Everyone knows to make the playoffs you must take care of home ice, but you must go at least.500 on the road. We've grown as a group throughout this season with the ups and downs. That's the next step, to go in and play good on the road. Be patient and wait for our chances to score goals, if it has to be 0-0 until the third and then score in the third, so be it.
During a 5-1 defeat against the Red Wings Nov. 4 at TD Garden, The Bruins (11-7-0) gained a lot of power play. Patrice Bergeron scored four goals, three on the man-advantage.
It doesn't mean Boston doesn't show up challenges, he added, if we give up those goals again, it's insane. "Do two of those three (power-play goals) were likely mistakes by guys who hadn't done it much and they missed their assignment," Blashill added. "They've (penalty-killed) more now and I believe they're more prepared. It doesn't mean Boston doesn't show up challenges, so we're gonna give up those goals
We got to execute, No. 1. Try to stay out of the box, No. 2. I believe the PK has been really good overall. Doesn't mean you're not going to get scored on sometimes, but it's structurally been solid.
Since facing the Bruins, The Red Wings are 22 for 24 on the penalty kill.
Oesterle stated that his team must be more professional in defending the slot region.
We kind of let too many plays get through there and were just making an emphasis on it today in practice. Well be much better tomorrow night, he added.