The Detroit Red Wings are 2-3 in their last five and 0-20 on the power play in that span.
Additionally, the Wings have fallen back behind the St. Louis Blues during a 3-5-1 stretch.
Detroit is currently 20th on the power play with 16.2 percent. It’s obviously not where coach Mike Babcock would like to be with the special teams, but he has just weeks to adjust before playoffs.
“We’ve played hard enough. … We made a couple of mistakes, and we’re not scoring enough to make mistakes.”
However, it was on the other side of the special teams Babcock wants to improve upon:
“We got to be better on the penalty kill than we were the last game (they allowed two goals on four chances). I thought our power play was the best it’s been in maybe two months. We didn’t score on it, but I’ll take (Henrik Zetterberg) home free with the goalie any time. And the rebound opportunities we had, I was impressed with that.”
With a west coast trip to start Tuesday, the Red Wings are in the final stretches of completing division series, including one game left against the Blues in St. Louis.
With Babcock confident in the power play’s ability, there will still be plenty to test before sorting out the Central Division.