Red Wings won't panic

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

 DETROIT -- Detroit's powerplay cast isn't just daunting.

 It's downright terrifying.

  Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider man the points, with Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and Robert Lang up front.

 And that still leaves the likes of Brett Hull, Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk to choose from for a second unit.

 Yet, the Red Wings' inability to score with the man advantage is cause for great concern in the Motor City. Except for those inside the dressing room.

 "We know that with the personnel we have, it'll start to come around but the sooner, the better," Shanahan said. "We've got all the guys to get the good ingredients, we just have to stick with something because continuity's a big thing.

 "We've done a lot of different combinations, playing in different positions and hopefully we find the right combination and go out there and work on it."

 Asked how much time they spent working on the man-advantage yesterday, Shanahan replied: "Zero."

 Which is what they accomplished in the series opener against the Flames.

 The Wings whiffed on all six powerplay chances -- including three immediately after taking a 1-0 lead early in the second period and then late in the third with the score still tied.

 As amazing as it sounds, their success rate is a brutal 5.7% (2-for-35) and they have only one goal in their last 25 opportunities.

 "The one thing that could help our team is for the powerplay to start scoring," Shanahan said heading into this afternoon's tilt. "Our powerplay won us one game in the first round, when we scored the late goal, but other than that, our powerplay hasn't won us some games."

 Which is what Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter knows could change very quickly.

 "We know they have the ability to have a great powerplay," Sutter said.

 "What I've learned is every time the powerplay doesn't score a goal, everyone says it's why you lost.

 "In the last series, we scored six powerplay goals and people were saying it wasn't good enough. It's the big goal that's important and the momentum it gives your bench."


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