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Despite losses, Babcock happy with Wings’ game

Apr 22, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

Mike Babcock

On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings outshot the Calgary Flames, 38-17…but lost 3-2 in regulation.

On Saturday, they outshout the Vancouver Canucks, 34-14…but lost 2-1 in a shootout.

So it’s not all that surprising that Wings head coach Mike Babcock is feeling good about the way his team is playing heading into tonight’s key game versus Phoenix at Joe Louis Arena (on NBCSN).

“I’ve liked a lot of our games of late. I don’t think we’ve played poorly,” Babcock said this morning, per MLive.com. “The last poor game we had was on the trade deadline when we played Phoenix. We had poor effort that night.

“Other than that we’ve played well. And yet we got to find a way to get the second point. We can’t get one point, we got to get two.”

Babcock does admit that the Wings “have to get on the inside more” if they want to put more pucks in the net — especially against a goalie like the Coyotes’ Mike Smith who’s going to stop the easy shots from the perimeter.

  1. bensawesomeness - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    they honestly haven’t looked awful the last handful of games, but ALOT of games where we’ve been shut out our only scored 1. in a normal season, you’d figure we’d get it together and start scoring soon. in this one? panic mode

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Just not happy with either Howard’s lack of consistency down the stretch or the void in goal output from Datsyuk, Franzen and Zetterberg…

    still, he shootout may well be Wings’ undoing before it’s all said and done…talk about useless!

    • polegojim - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Agreed – Howard is a good goalie, but below mediocre in shootouts… because he doesn’t poke check. Sounds like a broken record, but its true. His lacks a complete package until that happens.

      I also agree with you on the top three… they haven’t gotten the job done down the stretch. Even without Helm and Bert, they have FAR too much talent to have so many low goal games.

      Lots of shots are definitely better than few… but cashing in on true scoring chances win Championships.

      8 points in 4 games is crucial.

  3. jakreidler - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Getting the majority of chances and possession, just can’t get the puck in the net. A common problem for the Red Wings, but this year it may cost them the postseason.

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