Kulfan discusses the Wings’ preseason power play success in his notebook

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed a three-subject notebook article today, discussing the Red Wings’ power play, the play of one Lucas Raymond and the play of Robby Fabbri. We’ll tackle the first topic:

No one can deny the Red Wings’ power play has been looking good in these warm-up games, and has been productive.

Assistant coach Alex Tanguay was hired in the offseason to replace Dan Bylsma and oversee the unit, and so far is getting results that would have been unheard of the last several seasons.

All four of the Wings’ goals in Monday’s 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks were scored on the power play.  The Wings are 8-for-19 on the power play during the exhibition season. Basically, being patient and moving the puck quickly are the main points Tanguay has attempted to preach.

“Certainly our puck movement’s been good,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Monday’s game. “We’ve moved it quick. That’s been a big piece of what Alex has been trying to get them to do is just take what’s given and move it quick. Then eventually, you’ll find a seam. But don’t force pucks; take what’s given.”


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