NOTE: For anyone new to Red Wings 101, we do a weekly three questions post that assesses various issues with the team.
1. Q: Where is the offense?
A: Five different players have scored goals for the Red Wings this season, which isn't really a bad thing considering this team for the most part gets balanced scoring. However, all five players have combined for six goals, with Henrik Zetterberg getting two of them. Pavel Datsyuk, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss, and Mikael Samuelsson have the other goals. Guys like Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen have not found the back of the net yet.
Before anyone panics, keep in mind that the Wings have played only three games. Yes, this was a problem last season, but there is a lot more time for adjustments to be made.
2. Q: What's wrong with the power play?
A: The same problem as last season (Duh!). The Wings still don't shoot the puck enough times is what one can conclude by looking at the stat sheet. However, upon watching the season opener, I saw a lot of shot attempts miss or get blocked while the Wings had a man advantage. Then they seemed to regress back to last season by just passing nonstop.
My theory is that the players are getting picky with shot selection (again). Power plays aren't meant to look pretty. If this keeps up, the heat could be turned up on assistant coach Tom Renney.
3. Q: What lies ahead for the rest of October?
A: The Wings will be back in action at home against the Coyotes on Thursday, home against the Flyers on Saturday, at the Bruins for a Monday afternoon tilt, home against the Blue Jackets, a two game road trip at the Avalanche and Coyotes, back home for three against the Sharks, Senators, and Rangers; then the start of a four-game Western Canada trip to close out the month beginning against the Canucks.
Only four road games remain in the month. The biggest oddity is the game against the Bruins in the afternoon (probably because it's on Canada's Thanksgiving Day).
They will play the Coyotes twice, thereby finishing that series up early.
The Western Canada trip being this early is a benefit too. Going out west in the early-to-middle part of the season is a lot easier than late in the year.
And then there's that game in Denver against the Avalanche. By now, you have probably heard that Patrick Roy is the head coach of the Avs, and that he got into some hot water for this spat he had after his first game.
It will be interesting to see if he pulls a similar stunt when the Wings come to town. However, I don't foresee Roy and Babcock having a similar altercation as this.
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