It’s taken just over three-quarters of the season but the Detroit Red Wings power-play is finally starting to produce for them. It seems to be the case of too little too late for the Wings though considering that the Wings are most likely going to see their 25-year playoff streak end.
The Wings can, however, take some pleasure in knowing that their power play is no longer dormant. This year’s team is currently on pace to finish with the fewest power-play goals in franchise history.
In their most recent game against the Colorado Avalanche, Red Wings were able to score two power-play goals in their second straight game, which is a first for them this season.
The Red Wings power play was 2-for-3 against the Avalanche, which helped them go 5-for-15 in their past four games. The Wings have also scored two power-play goals in three of their last 10 games.
The recent streak of power-play luck has helped move the Wings out of the last place in the NHL on the power play, and they currently sit in 29th place. Presently, the Wings power-play is 13.8 percent.
Chemistry has been one of the biggest factors in the Wings’ recent success, and they look to build on that during the last few weeks of the season.
Dylan Larkin had one of the power-play goals for the Red Wings’ in their game against Colorado, which gave him two power-play goals in as many games. Larkin as looked to turn his game around since being moved back to center five games ago.
The Red Wings have looked much more like an offensive power in their last two games where they have scored nine goals in regulation. They have also had at least four goals three different times in their last five games.
Their recent success could be in part to Larkin being moved to center and put on a line with Andreas Athanasiou and Justin Abdelkader. This line combination seems to be working perfectly for head coach Jeff Blashill.
The Red Wings power-play has been a large part of their recent surge in production and in their last 18 games, the Red Wings have been able to score on 20 percent of their power plays, piling up 10 goals in 50 opportunities.