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Killing ’em with kindness? Babcock thinks Chicago is great

May 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Apparently, Mike Babcock has little interest in providing the Chicago Blackhawks with any bulletin-board material.

“Chicago’s a great city,” said the Red Wings’ coach, per the Globe and Mail. “They’ve got great players. They’ve got five D who are flat-out great skaters. They’ve got a captain [Jonathan Toews] who’s a real good human being and a great leader. They’ve got lots of skill and good depth. They’re well-organized. The national anthem is fun. Good uniforms.

“They’re got nice restaurants. It’s a good spot. We’ll have a good time. We got a lot of reasons to be excited about playing them.”

Detroit and Chicago kick off their second-round series tonight at the United Center.

The Red Wings go into the series as decided underdogs, but with the knowledge they played the ‘Hawks close in all but one of their four regular-season meetings. Twice Chicago won in a shootout, another in overtime, with one 7-1 blowout on March 31.

  1. f2maestro - May 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I doubt the Red Wings will have a ‘good time’ against Chicago.

    • polegojim - May 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Don’t kid yourself maestro…

      The Wings –
      1) didn’t figure on getting to the playoffs in the first place during such a blatant rebuilding season…
      2) didn’t figure on getting past the Ducks to the second round…

      Their top players have been HUGE on the ice.

      They’re ALREADY having fun!!!

    • michiganhockey11 - May 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      It’s their last time as division rivals and they only play each other 2 times next year. It’ll be a knockdown/dragout series.

  2. dtownbeatdown - May 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I think I am the only wings fan that thinks this guy needs to go. He always has talent to make him look better then he is. But he absolutely has no grit as a coach, none. This is the same guy that started our 3rd line in a game and more importantly a OT period that ended up costing us. Yea that 3rd line that consists of 5 guys with no playoff experience… Just because he liked what he seen from them in a previous game. The same guy that says we are not a fighting team, this is true but when your goalie is getting thrashed someone needs to stick up for him. The same guy and only coach I know that will sit a guy with a healthy scratch that is playing really well. The same guy that praises our opponent even if we are playing the worst team like Florida panthers this guy will praise them. I just hope with the unlikely success we had this year that the front office doesnt forget our struggles/woes and takes a pros/cons look at Babcock, he’s not a players coach, and our offense has been so inconsistent he needs to figure it out or I believe his job should be on the line. I guess the way I see Red Wings are on the rebuild, Babcock might stay here another couple seasons but why not just start fresh with everything so our future talent doesn’t get used to his coaching style.

    • polegojim - May 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Yes Dtown… you are most definitely the only one who thinks that about Babs…

      He helped make a playoff team out of an unquestionable rebuilding season… WITHOUT one his top forwards… through a PLETHORA of key personnel injuries… and plucked the Ducks to get to round 2.

      What else could you possibly want from him???

      • dtownbeatdown - May 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        He did not get us to the second round, that is comical that you even can remotely believe that. Jimmy Howard got us to the second round no doubt. That third line that he seems to love so much scored on there own goal what twice in that series? Get your head out of your @$$, if you think this guy is a strong minded coach you are the one’s that should be watching womens softball.

        Our secondary scoring is our problem in Detroit, the lack of grit this team has is VERY much noticeable. Did you happen to catch the game yesterday? Looked like a junior team out there getting shoved around. Chicago is damn good, and Babcock could not make the correct adjustments to even remotely be in that game. Only thing that kept us in it was Howard… again.

        Just like when Smith scored on our own goal last series instead of pulling him aside and reaming him out, he puts him back in… Smith gives up the puck more deep in our zone then anybody else, Kindl takes shots when there is 3 defenders in front of him. 1 out of 10 shots might go through from Kindl. No patience, no grit, and that can be blamed solely on the coach for not making adjustments.

    • valoisvipers - May 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      I believe you might be the only one to think Babs has to go. I don’t always agree with his line up choices but hey, he is smarter than me and is the coach. The guy is all class, the polar opposite of guys like Torts or Terrien.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Class doesn’t win Championships… When he did win, look at the players he had, it would be hard not to win.

    • jgramza48 - May 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      dtownbeatdown- with all do respect,after reading your comment, i have determined that you should stick to a different sport if you think Mike Babcock deserves to be fired.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        With all due respect, I have been watching the game for a long time. Ever since Babcock became head honcho this teams physicality has downgraded entirely.

        Great the guy is a class act… sorry class acts do not win cups especially nowadays.

        I still stand by my statement he has no grit.

        When you have an all star lineup either it be with when he was with Anaheim, or no Detroit, those teams could of made me an you look good. Now that he has a bunch of young kids and some veterans to deal with he seems lost. Never consistent, never any grit to his game he preaches, he needs to go.

        This is the playoffs, the last thing I want to see is my teams head coach preach about how great Chicago is, and how great the city of Chicago is, not the hard nosed attitude a coach should have. Get your team fired up, don’ talk about the great food Chicago has…

  3. wingsdjy - May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    “They’ve got five D who are flat-out great skaters.”

    I believe that this is a brilliant strategy by Babcock. Now the Hawk locker room will be filled with arguments and conjecture on who is the D-man who isn’t a great skater.

    Way to mess with their heads.

    Go Wings!

    • chicagobtech - May 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Babcock’s tricks will serve him well when the Red Wings face off against the likes of Washington starting next season. The ‘Hawks locker room is too tight for this trick to work.

      But I will admit, I did smile.

  4. bleedingteal4life - May 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    “They’re got…” Wow Babcock must be from the deep north.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      You should have heard his speech about getting up to tempo like a lawnmower before game 6/7. He’s got a thick up north accent.

  5. mastodonry - May 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Detroit is playing with house money in the 2nd round now. They played Chicago incredibly close for 3/4 games that could have gone the other way. A team playing with house money like this can be very dangerous.

    Howard playing hot and Zetterberg showing up now….could cause problems. I think Detroit takes another team 7.

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