June 16, 2024

Dec 20, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde gestures in the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings share a venue with the NBA’s Pistons, who have just broken the single-season league record for most consecutive losses.

The Red Wings aren’t even close to matching that streak of futility, but they’ve also had a difficult December. They are 2-8-1 in their last 11, including a 6-3 loss on the road against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Detroit will attempt to turn things around in two home games before the calendar flips to 2024. The Nashville Predators will come to town on Friday, and the Boston Bruins will arrive on New Year’s Eve.

The Red Wings were defeated by the Wild in the third period. They tied the game with a power-play goal by Alex DeBrincat before conceding four goals in less than ten minutes.

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Coach Derek Lalonde predicted it.

“Just our inability to manage our game,” he went on to say. “It’s incredible. We were fortunate to come out of the second half with a 2-1 lead. They had six Grade A chances in the second, all of which came from inexcusable turnovers. The difference in the third period is that the puck wound up in the back of the net as a result of turnovers, whereas it did not in the second.”

Prior to its decline, Detroit had a 14-7-3 record. With a regulation loss to the Predators, the Red Wings are now in danger of sliding below.500.

“This was not us over the first 25 games,” Lalonde said. “We worked off a forecheck and were a straightforward, predictable team.” It’s simply blue line giveaways and high offensive zone turnovers now, which is unfortunate.”

Patrick Kane’s productivity, who signed as a free agent with Detroit earlier this month, has been one of the few bright spots. He enters Friday’s game with a five-game point streak (five goals, four assists) and a four-game goal streak.

The Predators have lost their last two games, as well as three of their last four. On Wednesday, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2.

The Hurricanes scored all of their goals in the opening two periods.

“I think we were a little careless at times,” admitted Nashville coach Andrew Brunette. “I believe it was a psychological game.” I think we were eager to play, perhaps a little too rowdy at times. We took some offensive zone penalties that we definitely shouldn’t have.”

Carolina scored three goals while having the man advantage.

“Special teams, we lost that battle (Wednesday), which is frustrating,” said center Ryan O’Reilly.

On Wednesday, O’Reilly scored his 14th goal of the season. He merely follows.

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