Echoes of Homer are haunting the Detroit Red Wings as they struggle to improve on the power play.
The Wings host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, fresh off a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday at Chicago, a score that had a little something to do with going scoreless on six power plays. Not just scoreless, either, but practically shotless, too.
The futility of the man-advantage prompted a comment afterward from Johan Franzen, who opined that the Wings need to get more shots from Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who roam down low while Franzen is at the net and, usually, Niklas Kronwall and Damien Brunner are at the points.
Coach Mike Babcock sort of vetoed Franzen's opinion after today's practice at Joe Louis Arena, saying the Wings just need more shots, period. But he also noted that Franzen's complaint sounded exactly like what previous net-front presence Tomas Holmstrom used to complain about.
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Detroit Free Press | Jan 29