The Detroit Red Wings were hoping to break their five-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night. But it’s surely starting to look after the Red Wings dealt some key players away at the deadline, their offense suffered as a result.
The breaks seemingly aren’t going Detroit’s way, right down to Moritz Seider’s stick breaking in the dying minutes of the game. Wouldn’t you know it–the Flyers snagged the puck and deposited it into the empty net.
So goes the latest tale of woe for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings fell to Philadelphia 3-1, putting the losing streak at six and making it more clear that the rest of the season may be a bit trying for the fan base and team. David Perron recorded the lone Red Wings goal, which gave Detroit a 1-0 lead early. But they surrendered it on a shorthanded goal in the second, and then lost it barely six minutes later.
Detroit went nearly 14 minutes without a shot on goal in the third period, which happened on a man advantage. But the power play was ineffective, as was the effort Sunday night to snap the losing streak.
Red Wings Offense Gone Absolutely Cold
The Flyers received two power plays in the third, and frustration began boiling over with about 7:22 remaining in the game. After Seider was whistled for high sticking, a small scrum broke out.
It happened again after Adam Erne dumped a Flyer following a Ville Husso save. The biggest fight Detroit showed was after the whistles. Though they would kill two penalties, it took away from opportunities to dictate play.
Aggressive without the puck, the offense was quiet again. There were certainly chances–the finest coming with 4:37 remaining when a Dylan Larkin shot was deflected away from a yawning net. It wouldn’t go.
It was their fifth game out of the last six that Detroit has scored two or fewer goals dating back to the 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay. The Red Wings outshot the Lightning but were done in by a terrific performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tonight, Detroit struggled to get shots on goal and likewise, into the net.
At some point, something’s gotta give. But the mix of not being able to score goals and missing players who factored in to much of the success may make for some lean returns the remainder of the season.