Khan’s notebook: Wings tweaking their struggling power play

MLive’s Ansar Khan filed his Monday notebook article, discussing the changes that the Red Wings are attempting to make to their power play as it continues to struggle:

Something needs to change on the Detroit Red Wings power play, whether it’s moving players into different spots, replacing one or two with others, or just better execution with the same cast.

“It is a balance,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “You can get yourself in trouble if you change too much. All the sudden you’re changing, you’re changing, you’re changing, you have no hope for chemistry. We really haven’t changed much. We’ve kind of stayed the course. We’ve tried to be patient.

“A lack of execution certainly tries your patience but so does lack of success. Sometimes the best thing is to stick with it and grind through it and sometimes the best thing is to make a change.”

The Red Wings are 0 for 13 on the power play their past four games, dropping to a tie for 30th in the NHL at 14.4 percent.

After going 0 for 4 while registering only four shots on the power play through two periods Sunday in a 5-1 loss to Boston, Blashill gave Joe Veleno a look on one of the units Monday in practice, replacing Filip Zadina.


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