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Five Reasons Why Red Wings Power Play Is Working So Well (+)



Dylan Larkin, Red Wings
Captain Dylan Larkin likes the ability of the Red Wings to move the puck on the power play.

The last time the Detroit Red Wings were sending a power play this potent over the boards, they were a playoff team, not far removed from being a Stanley Cup contender. That was in 2014-15, when Detroit wound up second overall in the NHL with a power-play unit that was clicking at a 23.8% success rate.

Seven games into the current campaign, Detroit is once again the NHL’s #2 power play. The Red Wings on potting goals during man-advantage situations at a 41.4% success rate, with a league-leading 12 goals from 29 power-play opportunities.

“Anytime it goes out, it feels like it gives us a chance,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde says of his team’s power-play group.

What’s making the Red Wings power-play unit so dangerous and effective? DHN looks at five reasons for the success of the new and improved Detroit power play.

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