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Age / DOB:  (51) / 4/29/1963
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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. Dec 13 - 9:59 AM

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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.
Dec 12 - 9:33 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."
Dec 8 - 10:32 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.
Dec 4 - 10:29 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."
Dec 3 - 7:04 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.
Nov 30 - 2:51 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.
Oct 27 - 10:30 AM

The Detroit Red Wings allowed their first power play goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Detroit still has the league's top penalty kill at 96.2 percent. That number is pretty impressive, and although they can't keep up that pace, don't expect their penalty kill to fall apart either. The Wings were 25 for 25 on the penalty kill before Brayden Schenn scored on the man advantage.
Oct 26 - 11:23 AM

When the Detroit Red Wings skate on to Philadelphia ice Saturday night they will be attempting to break a 17-year winless streak.

We know it seems hard to believe but Detroit has not won a regular season game in Philly since January 25, 1997. The Wings have lost eight straight games in the City of Brotherly Love and have been outscored 33-13 in the process. It will be interesting to see if they can break the losing streak in the battle of the backup goalies. Jonas Gustavsson is scheduled to start against Ray Emery.
Oct 25 - 9:56 AM

The start time of Friday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs has been pushed back to 8:00 PM EST.

The Detroit Red Wings are apparently stuck in a Toronto traffic jam. The puck was supposed to drop at 7:30 P.M EST, but as of 6:00 P.M the Red Wings still hadn’t arrived at the Air Canada Center. The new start-time isn't official yet, but it should be confirmed soon.
Oct 3 - 6:06 PM

Mike Babcock spoke with GM Ken Holland about a contract extension on Tuesday, but a deal is unlikely to be reached before the start of the 2014-15 season.

"I think what we're going to do is -- we talked yesterday," said Holland. "I'm not sure when we are going to talk about it again, but we're not going to talk about it any more (in the media). Once the season starts, we don't need any more distractions. We've got enough distractions that will be created for a variety of reasons. He and I travel together. We can talk any time we want. It doesn't do anybody good to talk about it in the press." Babcock has one year left on his contract and the Red Wings obviously want him back.
Oct 2 - 11:05 AM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn't think he's entering his last season with Detroit.

"If it is, it is," Babcock added. "I've tried to live my whole life in the present, so what happened yesterday doesn't matter. What we're doing today does matter and we'll get on with it tomorrow. I'll get up every day and try as hard as I can, as I always have." That being said, Babcock is entering the final year of his contract and doesn't want to negotiate during the season. In other words, time's running out to re-sign him before they pass his self-imposed deadline.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 29 - 4:38 PM

It doesn't matter to Detroit coach Mike Babcock if a contract extension is worked out prior to the start of the regular season.

"If we get something done in September, great," said Babcock, who won't negotiate during the season. "But if we don't -- and I've said this and no one believes me, I have a real good relationship with the general manager and I'm real confident in my own ability and confident in the ability he has to put together a team -- we'll find a way to work something out over time. But I'm not all wound up about this one bit. I'm real comfortable. I'm not selling my house or anything like that. Life's good for me."
Source: Mlive
Sep 3 - 5:35 PM

Detroit has signed executive vice president and GM Ken Holland to a new four-year contract.

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," said Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future." Holland has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons and his extension will keep him with the organization through 2017-18 campaign.
Aug 14 - 11:02 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Jim Hiller to serve as an assistant coach.

Hiller is a former WHL coach of the year, but this will be his first opportunity to serve as an NHL coach. He's a former player and while he spent the better part of his career in Europe, he did finish with eight goals and 20 points in 63 games with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings. "There's always challenges when you're a coach," Hiller said. "I did play in the NHL, so I kind of understand the mentality of what it's like to be an NHL player and the type of feedback those players want and need." Hiller's focus will be the team's offense and forwards.
Jul 30 - 8:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Daniel Cleary
4Drew Miller
RW1Johan Franzen
2Gustav Nyquist
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Danny DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Thomas McCollum
4Petr Mrazek