After a particularly unattractive loss to the Coyotes Thursday the Red Wings entered play Saturday with a long checklist for improvements. Against the big tough hungry Flyers they checked off a win more scoring winning more faceoffs and invigorating the power play. But they still need to be "harder on the puck." The Wings ended a two-game losing streak Saturday scoring three power-play goals to beat the Flyers 5-2 to improve to 3-2 on the season. They scored more than two goals for the second time and improved from 34 percent in the faceoff circle on Thursday to 57 percent. But they were still far too careless with the puck with 12 giveaways to match the dozen on Thursday. They came in precisely the same distribution throughout the game: five in the first five in the second and two in the third period. "Well obviously a good win for us" said Mike Babcock who was giving everyone coaches included failing grades after the loss to Phoenix. "Good specialty teams. We made some good big saves. You need a right to feel good about yourself to feel confident. "We can still play way better but it was a good start for our team." Indeed the Flyers proved stubborn and challenged the Red Wings more than the score indicates. After playing the Hurricanes in North Carolina Friday they skated Saturday without two of their best offensive players Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier who signed with Philadelphia in the offseason. They outshot the Wings 34 to 30 and Jimmy Howard had many answers in the net. Babcock's shuffled lines seem to pay dividends with three-point nights from Daniel Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall. Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal of the season on the top line. And Luke Glendening giving a good accounting of himself especially on the penalty kill in his first game on the Red Wings' fourth line.
Red Wings look better in 5-2 victory over Flyers
Detroit News | Oct 13