Kulfan’s game-day notebook: to the net!

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan posted a game-day notebook discussing some of the Red Wings’ post-game comments after last night’s loss to the St. Louis Blues:

“We didn’t play horribly,” said forward Robby Fabbri, who scored both Wings goals. “We gave up some things but we worked and sustained some pressure in the offensive zone. We just didn’t get enough bodies at the net.”

That was the stark difference between the Blues and the Wings.

The bigger, physical Blues parked themselves often in front of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and made life difficult. Nedeljkovic was pulled after two periods. Blues forward Dakota Joshua (Dearborn) had two assists and was one of many Blues forwards disrupting down low.

The Wings, on the flip side, didn’t do so nearly enough.

“They were harder at the net, and they had a better net presence than us,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “That’s the one thing if you look at all their goals, they did a real good job at the net. We lost our game a little bit in the third, especially in our zone on a couple of big breakdowns. (But) we couldn’t find ways to create good enough chances, because not enough net presence.”

Continued, with several other topics…

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