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Without exhibition games to play, it will be remarkably more difficult to tweak the power play effectively.
The Detroit Red Wings lost their power-play quarterback, Nick Lidstrom, due to retirement. His "replacement" (nobody can replace Lidstrom per say) will have to do something that Lidstrom could not do in his final NHL season: find a way to get the puck to the net on the power play.
Last season, Ian White was the only right-handed shooter in the lineup on a consistent basis. The lack of diversity in the lineup manifested itself in the Red Wings' failure to get any consistent one-time shots on the power play.
The power play plummeted to 22nd in the league at 16.1 percent.
The Red Wings went into the off-season and picked up three right-handed shooters: Damien Brunner, Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo.
Samuelsson will likely be put on the power play because he has a rocket shot that can be used on the half boards for a one-timer on the power play.
Brunner could be put on the power play because he has shown immense offensive prowess in the Swiss leagues.
The question is, how will this power play fair throughout the early season?
That will be ultimately determined by how well the Red Wings can move the puck while still taking quality shots on the power play.