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Can Resilient Red Wings Bounce Back Again In Minnesota?

Detroit is 3-0 this season in the second game of back to backs



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Andrew Copp thinks the Red WIngs need to step up and win against the NHL's best clubs.

So far this season, when the Detroit Red Wings do No. 2, they always come out No. 1.

Detroit will be playing two games in two nights for the fourth time during the 2022-23 NHL regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Minnesota to face the Wld at XL Energy Center.

It;s another game for the club against a 2021-22 NHL playoff team. Six of Detroit’s last eight games saw the club facing a team that was part of last season’s postseason.

In those games, Detroit is a disappointing 1-4-1.

“We gotta figure out a way to get points in these games,” Detroit forward Andrew Copp said after Tuesday’s 1-0 home-ice loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. “We can’t just say we played these really good teams really close. Just a bounce here, a bounce there.

“If we’re gonna take the next step, we gotta get two points and be confident walking out of here saying we were the better team.”

Familiar Victory Formation For Red Wings

Playing twice in two nights, the pattern is a familar one for Detroit. The Wings play at home. They pack up, hit the road and win an away game the following night.

It started right from the get-go for the Wings. Detroit opened the season with a 3-0 home-ice win over the Montreal Canadiens on October 14. The next, the Red Wings were 5-2 winners against the Devils in New Jersey.

There was a New York, New York sweep in early November. Detroit blanked the New York Islanders 3-0 on November 5 at Little Caesars Arena. Heading to Madison Square Garden one night later, Detroit dug deep for a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

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There was a different start to the most record win in the second game of back to backs. On December 3, Detroit was dumped 4-1 at home by the Vegas Golden Knights. Launching a four-game road trip the next night in Columbus, the Red Wings doubled the Blue Jackets 4-2.

“Just turn the page,” Wings forward David Perron was suggesting is the key to this success story. “We’ve done a good job this year so far in those second games in two nights. That’s really what it is. We’re gonna get to Minnesota and be ready.”