Blashill might have found a winner with fourth line

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Dylan Larkin moves the puck during Detroit's loss in Boston Saturday night.

Maybe they have something there.

The Red Wings have been looking for an effective fourth line that can chip in occasional offense – Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, Luke Glendening and Drew Miller are all without a goal this season – and maybe Saturday's 3-1 loss in Boston was a start.

Coach Jeff Blashill had Glendening centering Miller and Riley Sheahan and the line was generally effective.

"I thought in large parts of the game, that was our best line," Blashill said. "They had really good moments. That was one line that generated some zone time. Sheahan (two goals in 17 games) was really good."

Blashill continued to shuffle his lines in an attempt to create offense.

Intending to play Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together, Blashill had the two separated to see if any sort of positive chemistry could be developed.

"We had them together just for short stints," Blashill said. "Pavel has been in a lot of faceoffs in the offensive zone so we were trying to get him out there to win the faceoff and see if we could get much out of that, which we didn't.

"We'll reevaluate it again."

Plenty of blame to go around for feeble Wings offense

Blashill has been mixing and matching quite a bit, which isn't really what he enjoys doing.

"I don't like juggling them too much where you don't have any rhythm at all," Blashill said. "But we also have to keep finding different ways to score, so we'll keep reevaluating."

Learning curve

Dylan Larkin will have nights like these.

Larkin, 19, had some dazzling moments because of his speed and offensive instincts against the Bruins, but also learned things against a veteran team.

"He's an elite talent who's got a real motor to be great," Blashill said. "He's got great inner drive. He needs to continue to make sure that he grows in his game.

"I didn't think his game tonight was good enough. Part of being a great player at this level is stopping on pucks, stopping defensively, doing those things. He just needs to make sure, and we've talked lots about this, that he continues to grow in his game.

"Part of our job is to make sure our players are better at the end of the year than they were at the beginning. He's no different."

Red Wings at Senators

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, Ontario

TV / radio: FSD / 97.1 FM, 1270 AM

Outlook: The teams have split two games this season. ... D Erik Karlsson (14 assists, 17 points) and C Kyle Turris (eight goals) are dangerous offensively. ... The Senators are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.