Explanations for what ails the power play vary, but all agree it's not very good.
The Red Wings dropped to 2-for-26 in five games after losing 2-1 in overtime to the Blackhawks on Sunday at United Center. The Wings had six power plays during regulation, including a 43-second two-man advantage.
"It's probably a confidence thing," Johan Franzen said. "We got one last game, or two, so we should have the confidence back. I don't know. Maybe it feels like they kind of know what we're going to do. They probably scout us pretty well. We've got to threaten them from more positions."
The Wings' power play looks quite different this season, having lost both Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom. Niklas Kronwall and Damien Brunner now man the points on the first power play, with Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg down low.
"Right now, we know it's either Kronner or Brunner who's going to shoot the puck, pretty much," Franzen said. "I think we've got to see Pav and Hank shoot the puck a little bit more, maybe, and get them thinking a little bit.
"I think it's just a matter of getting shots, and getting traffic."
Kronwall said he didn't think the Wings are getting the puck to the net enough. "Even if they have guys in the lane, we have to find ways to get it there. It's not good enough the way it is right now. We have to find a way to get the job done."
Red Wings' Johan Franzen: Power play woes may be a 'confidence thing'
Detroit Free Press | Jan 28