When the Red Wings returned from a 10-month hiatus last week, they did so with exactly one part of their forward group being rock-solid: the top line of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi.

The rest of the lineup, in coach Jeff Blashill’s estimation at the time, had opportunities abounding. The rationale was obvious: Outside of Larkin, Mantha and Bertuzzi, the Red Wings’ scoring was nowhere near enough last season. They added Robby Fabbri (via trade) and Filip Zadina (via call-up) midseason, and both helped the cause — but by and large, when Detroit’s top line wasn’t out there, it was hard for the Red Wings to put the puck in the net.

Now halfway through training camp and with two of three scrimmages in the books, it would be hard to say Detroit’s secondary scoring questions have dissipated, even if improved depth is clear thanks to some new free-agent signings and visible progress from Zadina, in particular. In the…





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