A ‘penance day’ on ice for Wings

DETROIT – Wings coach Mike Babcock wanted to deliver a message to his team at practice Thursday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

It was a well deserved one after a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues the night before.

“We deserved a hard skate with the way we played last night,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We know we have to have the effort there. We need to work hard and we didn’t last night.

“It was pretty much a wake up call for all of us,” Lidstrom continued. “If you don’t show up for work or you don’t show up for a game you’re going to lose. We were embarrassed with what happened, all of us in here. It’s no fun being booed at home, but we probably deserved it with the way we played.”

The 10 goals allowed was the most by the Wings have given up since the Los Angeles Kings beat them 10-3 on Oct. 9, 1993.

“It was a penance day basically,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “The coaches and players we didn’t do our job last night. We flush that game away here today and get on with our lives.”

“We know what we have to do, it’s a matter of going out there and doing it now,” Lidstrom said. “We’ve said a lot of right things, but we haven’t done them yet.”

Detroit still holds a six-point lead over the Nashville Predators, who host the Wings on Saturday, in the Central Division standings. Both teams have five games left in the regular season.

“We have to wakeup,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “The games are winding down and the playoffs are just around the corner and the way we’re playing right now we’re not going to win a lot of games. If we keep playing like this it’s going to be a short run in the playoffs.

“Everyone in here was embarrassed walking out,” Kronwall added. “You don’t want to go anywhere and be seen anywhere because you feel so bad with how you played. Everyone felt like that in here.”

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