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Wings coach isn’t satisfied despite his team’s success

Feb 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

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The Detroit Red Wings have won 19 straight home games and 11 of their last 14 contests overall. That’s enough to make any coach happy right? Not if you’re name is Mike Babcock. He holds the Red Wings to a higher standard.

“We’ve got to play way better than we have played,” Babcock said. “Our energy level this last little bit hasn’t been as good and our goal to just skate and play the kind of game we want to play at a high level hasn’t been there. We’ve found ways to just grind out games with good goaltending and defense, and yet we think we can be better than we’ve been … and we have to be.”

Babcock added that he isn’t concerned and that “it’s just the ebbs and flows of the year.” Maybe their attitude in the face of constant success is part of the reason they’re en route to make the playoffs for the 21st straight season. Either way, we’ll see if the Red Wings can live up to Babcock’s expectations as they attempt to tie an NHL record for the most consecutive home wins when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night.

  1. Jeff - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I agree with the coach. Plus their PP has looked anemic as well as their performances on the road.

  2. Jeff - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I agree with the coach. Their PP needs work as does their performances on the road.

  3. kiopta1 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Bring on Dallas now.

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