The Detroit Red Wings had a better defensive performance while opening a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Wild over the weekend, but they couldn't end their scoring woes.
Judging by their recent matchups with the Wild at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings might have a chance to break out of that slump and avoid matching their longest skid in four seasons Tuesday night.
Detroit had given up 15 goals over its previous three games when it visited Minnesota on Saturday but yielded one in those 60 minutes. The Red Wings, though, failed to score for the first time this season.
Backup Josh Harding stopped 36 shots during the Wild's 1-0 victory, his first of the season and fifth career shutout. Harding is expected to start again Tuesday, and will try to get some more help from young defensemen Justin Falk, Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser.
"They looked like (veterans against Detroit), and now they have to continue to go out and do that," coach Mike Yeo said. "They'...