DETROIT — The Wings didn’t fly back after Friday night’s game like they normally do, instead opting to depart Saturday as they prepare for Sunday’s afternoon tilt at home with the St. Louis Blues.
“Time change, you got to get back and get adjusted as quick as we can,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re staying over and hopefully guys will get to bed here early and get ready to go. It’s a big game for us.”
The Blues are eighth in the Western Conference, a point behind the Wings. St. Louis also has played two fewer games than Detroit.
“I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult this time, it’s a much shorter flight,” said goalie Jimmy Howard, who will start against the Blues. “We get back at a much earlier time. I don’t think it’ll be that hard.
“Just show up and play,” Howard continued. “I enjoy those games. Seems like the only bad one I ever had was the Chicago one. I enjoy the Sunday afternoon games and it’ll be no different.”
The Wings dropped a 7-1 decision to the Blackhawks last Sunday after coming back from an extended road trip to the West Coast.
“Look at the standings and every game from here on in is pretty much do or die,” defenseman Ian White said.
Babcock won’t announce his lineup until prior to the game.