On Wednesday DET saw their season-high three game winning streak slapped down by the cold reality that their special teams play is, both a momentum killer and a game-wrecker. DET were -2 on special teams, the short-hander and a PP goal against - obviously, DET had no PP goals.
No matter how good DET play at even strength, and they are very good at 1.47 5-5F/A (4), DET's special teams suck the life right out of game. STL were being crushed Wednesday until the short-hander. SOG in the 1st were 11-3, DET; afterwards the shots were 22-7 for STL (yes, 7 SOG for DET in the final 40+ minutes).
The Wings cannot kill a penalty (73.3% (26)), and their PP seldom looks dangerous, let alone pots a goal for the Wings (13.8% (25)). Momentum killers and game wreckers.
ANA excell at even-strength, 1.71 5-5F/A (2), and their PK is inept as well 69.6% (29). But their PP actually produces goals for, 23.1% (7).
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