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Babcock impressed with Legwand’s debut

Mar 7, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings may have lost 3-2 in overtime last night to Colorado, but on the bright side, coach Mike Babcock was impressed by new addition David Legwand.

“I thought he was real good,” said Babcock, per “He gave us a chance to roll everyone out the door. He gave us confidence.”

We mentioned the importance of the Legwand trade with Nashville in yesterday’s PHT Extra. With Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, and Darren Helm all out with various injuries, the former longtime Predators center is all of a sudden playing a huge role for a club that’s in a desperate fight to extend its playoff streak to 23.

Detroit has another big game tonight at home versus New Jersey, another bubble team trying to scratch its way into the postseason in the Eastern Conference.

  1. smarshall3789 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    He played pretty solid and if I’m not mistaking he set up the Jurco goal! He will be fine he’s a great pick up for this team! He scores like a winger so don’t be surprised that if and when they get healthy he moves to the wing

    • blomfeld - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM


      the bottom line is that Babcock and his ‘meek’ Red Wings will now pay for that which he did there in the Caucuses … and ‘no’ quarter shall be offered !

  2. lowenni - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I actually like this addition to the Wings a lot. If they were fully healthy it’d be hard to not call them contenders. Think about it…with a fully healthy lineup, their centers read Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Legwand, Helm, Weiss. Then they have Franzen, Alfie, Tatar, and Nyquist on the wings. Not a bad team at all.

  3. 3yardsandacloud - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Huge Wings fan, but there’s no way they could contend with their back end. They need 2 good defensemen and a star. It’s time for them to either 1) find some youth that can play; 2) make a big move in the offseason. I love the Wings through and through, but they can’t win without defense. I’d argue the roster with Injuries could make as much noise as a healthy team, if they have the back end fixed. Glendening and Sheahan have both been great from a speed/hustle perspective.

    The future is bright for sure. Unless Jimmy can start stealing games, this might be the year we’ve been fortunate enough to avoid for years.

    Go Wings!

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