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Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (51) / 4/29/1963

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Mike Babcock knows that the Lightning have a dynamic offense.
"They can score like crazy," coach Mike Babcock said about Tampa Bay. The Lightning were first in the NHL at 3.16 goals-per-game and they had the second best five-on-five goals for/goals against. Steven Stamkos was second in the NHL with 43 goals while Tyler Johnson finished with 43 assists. The series gets underway on Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Apr 12 - 11:54 AM

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Mike Babcock wasn't impressed with the number of penalties his team took against the Wild on Saturday night.

The Wings allowed the Wild to go 1-for-6 on the man-advantage during the game and their bench boss wasn't thrilled. "We took too many penalties," said Babcock. "I didn't like the penalties, to be honest with you. We could have been on the power play way more. I don't usually want to talk about that, but I thought it was ridiculous."
Apr 5 - 9:30 AM

Mike Babcock's father, Mike Babcock Sr., passed away Saturday evening.

He will stay with the Red Wings through Tuesday before traveling to Saskatoon Wednesday for the funeral. He had congestive heart failure and bad lungs, while battling illness for a while. Our deepest condolences go out to coach Babcock for his loss.
Mar 30 - 10:35 AM

The Red Wings are slumping at the worst possible time.

Detroit has lost six of its last eight games and have let Ottawa and Boston close in on them (to four and six points respectively) which has put the Wings closer to a wildcard spot than a division title. Coach Mike Babcock was somewhat optimistic after Detroit's 3-1 loss to Tampa Friday night. "I was impressed with the way we competed, with a lot of our players, now let's just build off it," Babcock said. "We played good, we started good. When you're on a winning streak, you win some games you probably shouldn't and when you're crawling out of these things, there's probably a couple more you lose than you should. But as long as you keep doing good things, good things will happen to you." We would put Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on your bench until Detroit turns this around.
Mar 21 - 10:53 AM

Detroit would like to add a right-handed defenseman prior to the trade deadline.

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed that it's the biggest need of the club, but it "has to be someone of quality." That means they would have a deal something good in return, so players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha or Dylan Larkin could be requested by opposing teams.
Jan 26 - 10:40 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will likely play in an outdoor game in Colorado next season.

The NHL is expected to confirm the news at some point during All-Star weekend. The game against the Avalanche would take place at Coors Field (home of MLB's Colorado Rockies). The Red Wings have already played in two outdoor games. They took on the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in 2009, and hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor last season.
Jan 24 - 9:37 AM

Detroit will play 17 of their next 23 games on the road.

Tomas Tatar is looking forward to spending days on the road with his teammates. "I've kind of missed it, to be honest, to be on the road," he said. "I'm a young guy, I don't have a family like the older guys, so I don't mind it at all, I enjoy it, actually, to be with the guys. We get to spend lots of time together, they don't have to be with their girlfriends, wives or kids, so they have more time for us. It's more fun for me."
Jan 1 - 5:22 PM

The Detroit Red Wings lead the NHL with 32 power-play goals this season.

The club scored four times with the man advantage on six opportunities in a 6-3 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night. Gustav Nyquist leads the Wings and is tied for second in the league with eight power-play markers. Detroit ranks fourth in the NHL in power-play efficiency with a 24.1 success rate.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 06:01:00 AM

The Red Wings continue to struggle in shootouts.

They are 1-5 when the game is decided by shots after overtime despite the fact they are 17-6-7 overall. Detroit lost 3-2 to Florida in a shootout Friday and Wings' coach Mike Babcock believes his teams problems are mental not physical. "That's what it is," Babcock said. "Right now when we get to the shootout we're not a confident group so we just got to keep working on it. There's no sense in hanging our head, or getting disappointed." The Wings' record in shootouts is only something to watch for if you have jimmy Howard on your fantasy team.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 09:59:00 AM

Coach Mike Babcock denied a report Wednesday that a contract agreement between himself and the Red Wings was imminent.

"That is a fantasy world. I don't think Dregs is right," said Babcock referring to Darren Dreger of TSN, who reported that a four- or five-year extension was close to making Detroit's bench boss the highest-paid coach in the league. "I know Dregs pretty good, but he's not right." Babcock said a contract was discussed once in the summer and before the regular season, but there hasn't been anything since. The two sides are comfortable to wait until the 2014-15 campaign is over before talks resume.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 09:33:00 AM

Coach Mike Babcock surpassed 500 victories over the weekend.

He accomplished the feat in 895 games to become the second-fastest coach to reach that mark. "I had lots of nice texts from people and e-mails and I appreciate that very much," said Babcock, who got win No. 501 Sunday in the 3-1 triumph over Carolina. "But the reality is last night's win was huge, we were down 2-0 and we battled back and we're in the day to day winning business that's what I focus on every day."
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:32:00 AM

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Detroit Red Wings are "willing to make Babcock the highest paid coach" in the league.

Dreger reports that the Wings want to lock up Babcock to a four- or five-year contract. Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is the NHL's highest paid bench boss at $2.75 million per season.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Coach Mike Babcock hopes his players learned from Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Florida.

He wasn't impressed by Detroit's comeback attempt after falling behind by a score of 4-1 in the contest. "Hockey is an honest and fair game and you have to be honest with your work ethic and preparation," Babcock said. "As a coaching staff we didn't have the guys ready to play. We didn't play hard enough. We turned it up in the end, made it close and exciting, but the right team won. Let this be a lesson to us. If you want to be at the top of the league, you have to play every night. You can't play like that."
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 07:04:00 AM

A power outage at Joe Louis Arena delayed the game between Vancouver and Detroit.

The lights went out at the Joe just 29 seconds into the hockey game. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes but the two teams are back on the ice now, and the game has resumed.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Detroit's power play still isn't going, so coach Mike Babcock is considering personnel changes.

"I thought our power play was going (several games ago). We had the principles and I thought it was going, but it's not going and we have to get it fixed," said Babcock. "It's like the elephant in the room you don't talk about. It's not going good enough. We have to fix it." The Red Wings have gone goalless in their last 20 power-play opportunities. Detroit ranks 27th in the league in their efficiency with the man advantage.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Darren Helm
3Riley Sheahan
4Stephen Weiss
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Erik Cole
4Teemu Pulkkinen
5Drew Miller
6Daniel Cleary
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Tomas Jurco
4Joakim Andersson
5Johan Franzen
6Landon Ferraro
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Marek Zidlicky
3Danny DeKeyser
4Jonathan Ericsson
5Kyle Quincey
6Brendan Smith
7Jakub Kindl
8Alexey Marchenko
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Petr Mrazek