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Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (50) / 4/29/1963

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The Red Wings' 2-1 loss to Carolina Friday night could impact the team's chances to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Detroit clinched a post-season berth earlier in the week but are now looking at qualifying as the eighth seed in the conference. Detroit is tied with Philadelphia and Columbus with 91 points but has only Sunday's game against St. Louis left, while the Blue Jackets play the Panthers, a much easier opponent. The Flyers have two games left, including one against Carolina on Sunday. If the Wings in fact wind up in eighth, they will have the pleasure of playing a very tough Boston squad in the first round of the playoffs. That's not exactly a recipe for success. Apr 12 - 10:14 AM

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Coach Mike Babcock passed Jack Adams for first place in career wins with the Red Wings on Tuesday night with victory No. 414.

"The win tonight is way more important than that," said Babcock. "Those are the things you think about in the summer. But I'm thrilled. No. 1, in order to do that, you have to be there a long time. Jack Adams was there a long time. Tying Scotty Bowman was something because I know Scotty was there 10 years." This could also finally be the year that Babcock wins the Jack Adams Award, which goes annually to the NHL's top coach.
Apr 9 - 10:05 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have lost a franchise record 351 man-games to injuries this year.

You can peruse the injuries they've gone through by clicking the link. The fact that the Wings have stayed afloat and in the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite playing without star players Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for extended stretches is very impressive.
Mar 25 - 8:45 AM

Team Canada scored only 17 goals en route to its gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi but don't let coach Mike Babcock hear you suggest that this was not a good offensive squad.

"We’re always on offense. Don’t get confused," Babcock said Sunday after his team's 3-0, gold-medal-winning game against Team Sweden. "We out-chanced these teams big time; we didn’t score. We were a great offensive team. That’s how we coached. That’s what we expected. That’s what we got. We didn’t ask guys to back up." Team Canada allowed only three goals in the six games in Sochi." It wasn’t strictly playing defense," said Steve Yzerman, who served as executive director of Team Canada and announced after Sunday's win that he was stepping down from the position. "We weren’t sitting in a shell. Part of our defense was being aggressive. Forechecking. Pressuring. Closing gaps. Not letting them get the red line, or get our blue line."
Feb 23 - 5:42 PM

Canadian Olympic head coach Mike Babcock will be opposed by many of his own Detroit players when Canada and Sweden face off for the gold medal on Sunday.

In fact, the Red Wings have more players on Team Sweden than any other NHL team. Jonathan Ericsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist and Jonas Gustavsson all play under Babcock in Detroit but will skate for Sweden against Babcock's Canadian squad Sunday. It should make for a fascinating gold medal final.
Feb 22 - 10:12 AM

Team Canada Head Coach Mike Babcock has announced Carey Price will start vs. Latvia in Wednesday's quarterfinal, but has not indicated which two players he will scratch.

P.K. Subban, Martin St. Louis, Dan Hamhuis, Matt Duchene and Patrick Sharp have taken turns in the press box through Canada's first three games. Hamhuis and Subban have played sparingly through the first three games since Team Canada's top-six blueliners are playing so well. Rick Nash and Chris Kunitz are two other forward candidates along with St. Louis and Sharp to sit out due to low ice time and their inability to produce so far.
Feb 18 - 9:48 PM

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock feels his team hasn't earned the right to call the Blackhawks a rival this season.

"I don't think we're holding up our end of the bargain," Babcock said. "Rivalries are when two teams really get after one another." Although you can say that the Red Wings injuries are part of the cause, there's no question that Chicago has had a far better season than Detroit. The Red Wings are going into Wednesday's contest against the Blackhawks two games out of the second Wild Card spot. A win against the Blackhawks would be a big morale booster for the team in addition to providing them with two valuable points.
Jan 22 - 2:51 PM

When Henrik Zetterberg scored at the 9:47 mark of the first period Saturday night he broke a Red Wing scoring drought of mamoth proportions.

The Wings had not scored a goal in 152 minutes and 21 seconds--over two and a half games. Who says the team doesn't miss the injured Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson? The good news is that many of Detroit's injured players are due back in the next week or so and that will no doubt help with the team's offence.
Jan 19 - 9:34 AM

Detroit's power play has been ice cold in their last five games.

The Red Wings haven't scored in their last 21 opportunities over that stretch. "The reality is you have to find a way to score," coach Mike Babcock said. "On our power play, when we're limited like this (by injuries), our power play has to be more dangerous. But there are too many one-(shot)-and-offs, and we're not getting inside and inside enough." Not having Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (concussion) and Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) in the lineup hasn't helped, but Babcock doesn't want to use that as an excuse.
Jan 13 - 12:16 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have averaged 2.27 goals-per-game, which ranks them 23rd overall in the NHL heading into Friday night's action.

The Wings have received the bulk of their offense from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk thus farm, which isn't surprising. Daniel Alfredsson has been productive in the assist department, with eight, but he has one goal in 11 games, while Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen have two apiece. Detroit needs more offense from their depth forwards.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sees his team as being a work-in-progress after their 5-2 victory Saturday.

"Well, obviously a good win for us," said Babcock. "Good specialty teams. We made some good, big saves. You need a right to feel good about yourself, to feel confident. We can still play way better, but it was a good start for our team." Among the things Detroit still has to work on is cutting down on their giveaways. They allowed 12 on Saturday.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock put his team through a tough practice Monday following their 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

"It's critical we keep taking steps," Babcock said. "There were lots of mental of mistakes (Saturday) you shouldn't make. Was it mental fatigue, or was it what Boston was doing to us? I just know you can't make them (mental mistakes)." Detroit was playing in the third game in just four days, so it would be understandable if fatigue was a factor. The Red Wings don't have to play again until Thursday.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Detroit is currently over the salary camp by more than $2 million.

The signing of Daniel Cleary to a one-year, $1.75 million deal will force the Wings to make some personnel decisions. Darren Helm (groin, back) will probably start the season on the injured list to give Detroit some cap relief, but the team may still need to move or waive a player from their roster if other injuries don't crop up during training camp. Jordin Tootoo could be waived or Tomas Tatar could be traded since he can't head down to the minors without clearing waivers.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 04:08:00 PM

It looks like Detroit will enter training camp with what they have on their current roster.

GM Ken Holland has been working the phones in an attempt to open up some cap space, but he hasn't had any takers yet. "Things are pretty quiet," Holland said Tuesday. "There's not much going on. At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them." It was rumored that the Wings might be looking to move Jordin Tootoo and/or Patrick Eaves. Detroit also still needs to sign restricted free agent Gustav Nyquist, which would put them over the salary cap right now.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 04:54:00 PM

The state of Michigan approved up to $450 million in state funds to be used toward a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

The approval comes not long after the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, which led some to question the use of public funds for a sports arena. The proposed arena is scheduled to be completed by 2017 and will house 18,000 spectators.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2David Legwand
3Stephen Weiss
4Darren Helm
5Joakim Andersson
6Luke Glendening
7Riley Sheahan
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Gustav Nyquist
3Tomas Tatar
4Todd Bertuzzi
5Daniel Cleary
6Drew Miller
7Teemu Pulkkinen
RW1Johan Franzen
2Daniel Alfredsson
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Mikael Samuelsson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Adam Almquist
9Gleason Fournier
10Xavier Ouellet
11Ryan Sproul
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Jared Coreau
4Petr Mrazek