Red Wings skid hits double digits in 4-1 loss to Islanders
The Red Wings’ losing streak has reached 10.
Monday night’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena gives Detroit a 0-8-2 record in their past 10 games.
“(We’re) looking for something positive to try and feed off of,” Darren Helm said.
Coach Jeff Blashill tried to offer some positives.
“We played really, really well, to be honest with you, and yet we’re going to walk out and have tons of really good clips (video tape) and things we did really, really well,” he said. “It’s hard when you lose to keep clear eyes. But my job is to keep clear eyes and to see things exactly how they are.”
The team’s four-day break – the Wings host Pittsburgh Saturday night at LCA – couldn’t come at a better time.
“After this stretch we’ve had … it’s good to get a little bit of time away,” Helm said.
The Red Wings have been outscored 28-5 in their past six games.
While it has to improve defensively, Detroit must generate more offense. Less than a goal a game just is not going to cut it, even if you’re great defensively.
“Yeah, honestly, I have no idea,” Tyler Bertuzzi said about the difficulty scoring goals. “But if we keep working hard, keep getting to the net, just keep doing what our game plan is, eventually the pucks are going to bounce our way.”
Detroit fired 31 shots at Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov.
Dylan Larkin got his first goal in 10 games and Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves.
Larkin’s power-play goal with 9:24 left in the second brought Detroit to within 2-1. But Jordan Eberle’s power-play goal with 3:26 remaining in the middle period restored the Islanders’ two-goal cushion.
Eberle got his second goal of the game with 6:36 left when he put in a loose puck off a goal-mouth scramble. It was originally called no goal on the ice because of interference Bernier. But that was reversed by the NHL Situation Room in Toronto.
The Red Wings trailed 2-0 after the first period on goals by Anders Lee (8:46) and Anthony Beauvillier (6:43 left). Beauvillier scored on a breakaway after serving a penalty and picking a puck that had been cleared out of the New York zone by Josh Bailey just after Beauvillier exited the penalty box.