Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill explains team’s struggling offense

Feb 4, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill reacts in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings not only have the worst record in the NHL< but they also have the worst goal differential. Not exactly an ideal situation. Until the third period of Saturday night's 5-2 loss to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, newly acquired forward Robby Fabbri had been the only Red Wings player to light the lamp in nearly four games. So how does head coach Jeff Blashill generate more offense from his team? “How do I, as head coach, help our team generate more offense?” Blashill said. “One, we have to make sure we have the puck. In order to have the puck, you have to play great defensively. Two, we have to make sure we have net presence and the ability to score dirty, which I think we’ve done a pretty good job the last couple nights. They haven’t gone in as much. Three, we got to be better on the power play.”

Of course, the team’s offensive struggles aren’t helped by the fact that leading goal scorer Anthony Mantha is injured and won’t be back for a few weeks.

The team will have their hands full on Monday night against the surging New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena.

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