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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Misdirection

Despite being 2-1-0 and having won the Stanley Cup and President's Trophy last season and adding Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin to an already stacked lineup, Coach Mike Babcock said that the Red Wings are just one of the pack chasing the NHL elite.

"It's pretty apparent to me when you look at the league right now, San Jose and the Rangers are the class of the league," said Babcock. "They're both 4-0 or 5-0 or something like that. They must be the class of the league. The rest of us are catching up."

Really?

3 Comments:

Blogger Nathan said...

If you're going to judge the quality of an NHL club less than 1/4 of the way through the season, then Babcock is certainly correct.

The Red Wings were poor on opening night. They tightened up defensively against the Sens but were anemic offensively. Against the Canes they showed flashes of their best in the first and third periods, both offensively and defensively, but didn't play a full 60 minutes, and it almost cost them.

Given the way the team had to play two squads the entire preseason in order to get all the young talent some experience, I think it's natural that the Wings won't hit their stride until around the 10 game mark.

Babcock is obviously making comments like this to motivate his team and staff and keep things from getting sluggish early in the year. He knows as well as everyone else that it is foolish to judge a team 3, 4, or 5 games into an 82 game season.

October 15, 2008 at 2:54 PM 
Blogger James said...

Babcock is CLEARLY digging for motivation, and he's trying anything he can. He doesn't want these guys getting complacent at all and wants them to have something or someone to shoot for.

We saw this all last year, prior to the February from Hell. He kept trying to pull out different things for motivation, and eventually the injury bug hit and it served as a massive motivator.

I think this attempt at pegging these other teams as "class of the league" and saying they're chasing it misses the mark.

October 15, 2008 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Justin said...

Or maybe he's just being humble and giving credit to opponents. Stop reading so much into everything that gets said.

As Scotty Bowman has always said, you can't really judge how well a team has been doing until they hit the 20-game (quarter season) mark.

October 16, 2008 at 3:27 AM 

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