CHICAGO — Wings coach Mike Babcock’s response when asked about the last time the Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks in playoffs (2009) they were puppies, what will it be like this time?
“I’ve seen them since then. Obviously, I got a TV too,” Babcock began. “The reality is they’re good players, they’ve grown up. If you do a good job when you’re a bad team, and you draft real well you can probably ride that for eight to 10 years. You just have to be careful to be bad enough, long enough, so you get good enough.
“You may laugh at that,” Babcock continued. “Your fans don’t want to hear it. But if you get too good too fast, you’ll never be good enough. Stay bad enough, long enough in the new world you have a chance to be real good and that’s what they did.”