CHICAGO – Wings coach Mike Babcock feels his team needs to re-energize for Game 2.
“We’ve got to get up to speed because we weren’t … we haven’t played like that in a while,” Babcock said. “We knew as a coaching staff right when it happened, we thought we were actually playing (Tuesday) and we really felt the break was going to help us and the way this series is set up we have no reason not to be very good next game. So we’ve got to get back at and playing at a high tempo because obviously they’re playing at a level that they weren’t playing at.”
DETROIT – Wings coach Mike Babcock on how he views Game 4, where the Ducks lead Detroit 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.
“You can make this as a reporter as bad as you want or you can make it as good as you want,” Babcock said. “You just have to choose your attitude. I’m going to choose mine and say we were right there knocking on the door and we’re going to win tomorrow and make it a best-of-three.”
ROMULUS — Wings coach Mike Babcock on Jimmy Howard’s performance Thursday.
“I think Howie picks us up most every night and we picked him up last night,” Babcock said.
Howard made 28 saves.
DETROIT – Wings coach Mike Babcock on riding Jimmy Howard the rest of the way.
“He has to,” Babcock said when asked if Howard could carry the team. “It’s not about ‘can,’ he has to. There’s no option. We have a huge game against LA. They’re a big heavy team, they’re going to be hard to play against.”
DETROIT – Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall on their playoff hopes.
“We’re in the standings where we’re at for a reason,” Kronwall said. “We have to live in the now and make sure to find a way through it.”
DETROIT – Quick update from a call from Wings general manager Ken Holland, defenseman Danny DeKeyser will be practice with the team Saturday and won’t play Sunday or Monday.
More to come…
DETROIT – Wings coach Mike Babcock on Detroit’s lack of success on power play.
“Obviously it’s not a confidence thing,” Babcock said. “Even the other day at home, not taking anything away from Columbus because they penalty kill real well, we had nothing on the 5 on 4 part. We scored a 5 on 3 goal. So the power play just has to get better.”
DETROIT – Goalie Jimmy Howard on the Wings’ four-game stretch against teams in the bottom part of the Western Conference standings.
“They’re really not all that far off,” Howard said Monday. “They’re all grouped together from fourth all the way to last, so it’s tight and going to continue to be that way all the way to the end of the season. You just have to find a way every single night to get points.”
Detroit hosts Colorado (13th) and Edmonton (14th) before playing a home-and-home series with Columbus (15th).
DETROIT – Marian Hossa on the fans booing him when the Wings announced him playing in his 1,000 game.
“It doesn’t bug me,” Hossa said. “It isn’t loud or anything. Just keep playing and it doesn’t bother me at all. Class act by their organization I spent, I think, a great year in Detroit and that was nice from them.”