The Wings try to explain how they have been so very terrible towards the Panthers. Filmed March 10, 2019 in Sunrise, Fla.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
SUNRISE, Fla. — The challenge for the Detroit Pink Wings is to revive confidence and present they are headed in the suitable path.
They head to Montreal after being routed for the second time in two weeks, tarnished by a stretch of poor play that may’t be pinned totally on a scarcity of personnel. As it turned out, the Wings did a better job taking over one of the best workforce in the NHL in Tampa Bay Saturday than they did Sunday once they have been shelled by the Florida Panthers. The 6-1 last at BB&T Middle was as ugly as the score, because the Wings lacked emotion and execution. They’re headed for a 3rd straight draft lottery, nevertheless it’s very important to their future success they don’t get there by being blown out.
Panthers right wing Evgenii Dadonov attempts to shoot previous Pink Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson through the second period on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Dawn, Fla. (Photograph: Wilfredo Lee, AP)
“We’re already out of it, so there’s no time to pout and sit round and feel dangerous,” veteran Thomas Vanek stated. “There’s plenty of guys right here who still have rather a lot to play for, not just for this yr but for the rest of their career, they usually higher understand it shortly as a result of there are numerous good players arising.”
The Wings fell to 1-6-1 since Feb. 22, a stretch that’s seen them trade top-four defenseman Nick Jensen and top-line winger Gustav Nyquist. Top offensive defenseman Mike Green (virus) was out for the season March 5. The team’s best player, Dylan Larkin, missed the weekend games because of a strained neck. He’s to see a specialist Monday in New York, and if he’s cleared to play, he’ll join the Wings in Montreal.
“We’re under-manned,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When you’re shorthanded, whether it’s through trades or injury, you need everybody to play their ‘A’ game every night. The other night we had a group of guys playing their ‘B’ or ‘C’ game, and tonight we had a different group of guys play their ‘B’ or ‘C’ game. I didn’t think it was a lack of want or try, but it certainly was a lack of execution.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, but we have to instill our own confidence. Nobody is going to get us out of this except us. We have to find a way to play better in Montreal.”
The Wings have 13 games left. While finishing with a bad record helps their lottery odds, it’s one thing to play well and lose, another to embarrass themselves like they did against the Panthers, like they did Feb. 26 against the Canadiens.
Blashill was asked about keeping the younger players in tune with playing hard.
“I shouldn’t have to keep them focused,” he said. “They should keep themselves focused. They’re trying to show that they are going to be…