Red Wings' Dylan Larkin calls out his teammates

The Red Wings have lost seven of their last eight games.



While Dylan Larkin returned from his shocking injury that occurred earlier this month, he and the rest of his Detroit Red Wings teammates continued their concerning losing skid that has now reached seven setbacks in their last eight outings. The latest loss came in snowy Winnipeg, giving up multiple odd-man rushes against the Jets in a 5-2 loss. 

Larkin stated the obvious afterward, saying that things just simply aren't clicking right now in the midst of their disappointing skid. 

“We’re trying but it’s not clicking right now,” Larkin said. “The offense isn’t clicking and you can’t win hockey games playing D like that. We just defended so poorly.”

“We lost our D zone coverage,” Larkin said. “We’ve been struggling with that of late. They exposed us tonight. We hung Reims (goalie James Reimer) out to dry with back doors and extended O-zone shifts for Winnipeg.”

The Red Wings have thrown out multiple different line combinations in an effort to jumpstart their offensive attack that remains among the highest statistically in the Eastern Conference, but it hasn't worked of late. 

“We’ve really tried it all in the past couple of weeks – different line combinations, different coaching,” Larkin said. “Coming in and being hard, trying to pump us up, whatever it is. But it’s gotta come from within the room." 

It certainly may sound like a classic cliche soundbite, but it's simply what needs to transpire - the Red Wings need to be better. 

“Every guy’s gotta be better," Larkin said. "That sounds like a cliche but tonight it was very apparent that every guy needs to be better." 

The Red Wings will have the chance to get back onto the right side of the ledger tonight at Little Caesars Arena, and they'll be looking to take some revenge on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, who defeated them last week by a 1-0 score at Wells Fargo Center. 

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