The Wings head into a crucial Game 2 tonight. Win, and they’re heading back to Motown with a tied series and momentum on their side.
Lose, and they’re in need of winning four of their next five games to move on, a task not impossible but certainly daunting.
However, many of us feel that the Red Wings aren’t set up in a way that’s best suited for them to achieve success.
On today’s roundtable, we tackle the question:
What’s one thing the Wings need to change to have the best chance to win the series?
Offer Mike Babcock an under-the-table consulting job? Create an advanced stats department from Hockey Twitter?
No, the one thing the Wings need to do is to play Dylan Larkin like he should be played. Play the hell out that boy. He’s a real gem, a real go-getter. Maybe he’ll never be a top-10 forward in the league, and chances are he’s not even a top-5 forward in his draft class, but he’s been arguably the Wings’ best player this season. There’s a reason he led the team in even-strength points this season. He’s talented, young, and ready. In his first playoff experience, he’s gotta be hungry and determined to produce.
I’m not saying he should be playing 30 minutes a night, but maybe 29:59. Or at least more than the just over 11 minutes he played in Game 1.
If your best players are supposed to be your best players in the playoffs, limiting their opportunities won’t help your team much.