DETROIT — Wings coach Mike Babcock when asked to assess his team.
“You never know how good you are,” Babcock said. “The speculation is we’re a better team than last year and yet last year, we turned out to be a pretty good team. Those things just don’t happen by accident. You’ve got to get your structure back, you’ve got to get your work ethic back. Those things have got to happen and you’ve got to maximize it. We’re a work in progress like everyone else.
“I think after you play a chunk of games, I think 20 games is a good indication of where you’re at,” Babcock continued. “Usually, if you’re behind the eight ball after 20 games, you’re in trouble.”
Asked if he was scared he added, “For sure. If you asked me this time last year, I would have said I was optimistic about the team.”