Tonight the Detroit Red Wings travel way out west to play the Western Conference leading San Jose Sharks in a Pac/Cen matchup. The Wings are looking for a big win after a close yet difficult loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last Sunday losing in a shoot out 2-1. Coach Mike Babcock commented on the Wings's weaknesses right now and what needs to be fixed if Detroit is to make the playoffs for the 19th straight season this year.
"When you’re spending time in your zone – your shift is about 40-seconds long – when you spend 30-seconds getting out, you don’t spend much time in the offensive zone wearing on them, and it just gets to be a bad cycle,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Detroit's know as a puck possession team but so far this season they have not exactly looked like that has been their best strength. Detroit also is frustrated by the loss of leads in game especially up two or more goals. "We haven’t been able to play that defensive style when we’re up by two goals,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We had a couple chances late in the game to tie it up, but we didn’t have any sustained pressure in the second period.” “We just have to keep playing,” he said. “We can’t just play on the lead and kind of sit back, we have to keep playing in their end and go after them.”- Henrik Zetterberg. One thing for sure is that tonight a win for the Wings would jump them to second place in the Central with 64 points unless Nashville can find a way to beat the Coyotes who have been on a hot streak as of late. Game time tonight is 10:30 pm.
Mike Lantry, 1972