Red Wings look to turn around fortunes vs. Jets

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t qualified for the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons. That streak will increase to six if they don’t start collecting more wins.The Red Wings look to snap a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) on Thursday when they host the Winnipeg Jets.Detroit coach Jeff Blashill knows his team has to start turning some of those overtime losses into victories.”Not good enough,” Blashill said. “We needed more points than that. It’s certainly not the trip we wanted. We wanted to come out of here and get more but we have to learn from it.”Detroit dropped a 4-0 decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Red Wings then fell in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday and dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.The Red Wings were fortunate to secure a point against the Sharks despite being outshot 40-19. A sterling performance by goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic allowed them to reach overtime.”He got us a point, he gave us a chance to steal one, for sure,” Blashill said.Tyler Bertuzzi scored one of the Red Wings’ goals in the 3-2 defeat. He has scored eight goals in the last eight games, giving him a team-high 17 for the season.He also assisted on defenseman Nick Leddy’s first goal in a Detroit uniform on Tuesday.Leddy’s goal came early in the third period, but the Sharks quickly knotted the score.”It was the end of a shift and honestly, I just tried to get it on net,” Leddy said. “It ended up finding the net.”Detroit played without its captain and first-line center, Dylan Larkin, who sustained an upper-body injury at Anaheim. The team is hopeful he can return on Thursday.

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