Red Wings shut out for second straight game, lose 3-0 to Flyers
Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier pushes the puck away from Philadelphia right wing Jakub Voracek in the third period Monday night.
The Red Wings were shut out yet again on Monday night. And the numbers are bleak.
Detroit’s 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Little Caesars Arena was its second straight shutout and its sixth this season. It was also the second straight game in which the Wings could not manage a goal.
On Saturday night at LCA, Detroit lost 1-0 to the New York Rangers.
It was also Detroit’s ninth consecutive loss (0-8-1) and third losing streak of at least eight games this season, in which it is 12-38-4 for an NHL-worst 28 points.
The Wings could manage only 16 shots for a season low. Their best opportunity came when Philadelphia goalie Brian Elliott stopped Tyler Bertuzzi from in front of the net with 6:54 left in the first period.
“I thought we were not very good at all,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought Bernie (goalie Jonathan Bernier) kept us in the game.”
Bernier made 28 saves.
“I think we didn’t do a good job of managing the puck really all game, especially to start,” Justin Abdelkader said. “That slowed us down for sure. Then we spent way too much time in our zone.”
It was also the Red Wings’ first game without rookie right wing Filip Zadina, who will miss two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. Andreas Athanasiou returned after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury and replaced Zadina in the lineup.
Scott Laughton got the only goal the Flyers needed 9:31 into the second period. Kevin Hayes’ shorthanded goal 2:47 into the third period made it 2-0. Defenseman Matt Niskanen added a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 2:17 left.
“Two games, no goals. Same kind of thing,” Bernier said. “We had an open net and the guy hits the guy’s skate. But I thought our effort was probably not as good as against the Rangers. It is what it is.”