After having their five-game unbeaten streak snapped, the Detroit Red Wings look to recover from their first shutout loss of the season as they visit the Minnesota Wild for the second straight weekend.
Detroit had just one win in its first four games this month, but rebounded to go a season-best 4-0-1 in its next five contests.
The Red Wings extended that streak with a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday in the opener of a home-and-home set, but lost 3-0 in Columbus the following night. Detroit was blanked for the first time since March 27 against San Jose.
“Collectively we just didn’t have it,” Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said. “They played a solid game. They stuck with their game plan for the full 60 minutes and you have to give them credit.
“We had some chances. There were two or three right in-tight plays. But anytime we thought we might have had a chance we either missed the net or the goalie made a save.”
The loss also snapped Detroit’s four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) on the road.
Minnesota has also been playing well of late. The Wild are 7-4-2 since starting 1-5-1, but lost 3-1 on the road Thursday to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Wild tied the game at 1 on Alexandre Daigle’s power-play goal at 17:02 of the second period, but Philadelphia answered with a pair of goals within the next 2:26.
Two of the Flyers’ goals were scored on the power play. Wild coach Jacques Lemaire is concerned with his club’s penchant for taking bad penalties, especially with its next opponent being Detroit—tied for second in the league with 22 power-play goals.
“You just have to stay out of the box and play the best you can,” Lemaire said. “You have to be sharp. If you don’t do that you have no shot.”
Detroit and Minnesota skated to a 1-1 tie last Saturday in St. Paul.