Pavel Datsyuk, center, has five goals and six assists for the Red Wings, but Mike Babcock says other lines must generate offense. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — Offense was a problem for the Red Wings last season.
This season, too.
In the last three games, the Red Wings have scored three goals. Of the three games, only one earned them a point (for a shootout loss).
The slump has dropped the Red Wings to 23rd in the NHL with a 2.27 goals-against average. They were 19th last season at 2.54.
“We have what it takes to score more goals and create more offensively,” Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “There’s no question. If you don’t score, you better make sure you don’t let in many goals.”
That part of their game hasn’t been great either, allowing five goals to the Coyotes, one to the Sharks and six to the Senators. And through 11 games, they’re being outscored 30-25.
Outside Henrik Zetterberg (six goals, six assists), Pavel Datsyuk (five goals, six assists), Alfredsson (one goal, eight assists) and Todd Bertuzzi (three goals), the production has been spotty.
■ Stephen Weiss — two goals, no assists;
■ Johan Franzen — two goals, three assists;
■ Daniel Cleary — one goal, one assist; and
■ Justin Abdelkader — one goal, two assists.
“If I shut down 13 (Datsyuk) and 40 (Zetterberg), I can shut them (the Red Wings) down,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We have to find a way to generate and have more offensive push than one line.”
Babcock doesn’t believe the Wings will forget Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Senators quickly.
“I don’t think you forget this very easily and you shouldn’t forget it,” Babcock said. “That’s embarrassing to play like we did.”
... The Red Wings sent defenseman Xavier Ouellet to Grand Rapids.
... Forward Patrick Eaves(sprained knee, ankle) is eligible to come off the long-term injured list for Saturday’s game against the Rangers. But, forward Darren Helm (back, groin) likely won’t be ready until next week.