Duff notes the Rasmussen line’s offensive issues

Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff took note of the Red Wings third line’s dry spell of late:

[Filip] Zadina and [Michael] Rasmussen each has accounted for one goal over the past 13 games they’ve played. [Adam] Erne was a revelation last season when he scored a team-leading goals. It earned him a new contract with the club. This season, though, he’s gone back to his inability to find the net. Erne shows one goal over his past 23 games.

“They’re just not playing good enough as individuals,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “They gotta play better as individuals.

“I think if they play to the level they’re capable of, I think they grind teams and they can do those things. But they’re making mistakes defensively and they just haven’t played well enough. Some of that is it’s only Earns’ second or third day back (from COVID-19 protocol), so he’s gotta get his feet back under him a little bit.

“I think the key to us as a hockey team is everybody playing their best hockey.”


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