Wings hope outdoor practice will help them snap six-game winless skid

DETROIT – Wings coach Mike Babcock nearly pulled the plug on the team’s outdoor practice at Comerica Park on Wednesday.

“After last night’s game I was going to cancel it to be honest with you but because we had fans coming we didn’t,” Babcock said. “It’s always good not to react to those situations. It was good, we had a good practice, a good meeting, we have to get things right.”

After falling to Anaheim at home 5-2 Tuesday, the Wings are winless in their last six, going 0-4-2 in that stretch.

“You don’t feel very good when you’re losing, and I think everyone feels the same way,” Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to stop this right now. Enough’s enough. It’s almost like we’ve been doing enough talking. We know what to do out there. It’s a matter of going out there and actually doing it, not just saying we should do it.”

The loss dropped Detroit to 5-9-7 on home ice this season.

“I think this is the perfect thing for us to do,” Daniel Cleary said. “We all realize the game last night is not up to par for our standards but the sun comes up and today is a new day.

“We have to relax and work a lot smarter,” Cleary added. “We’ve got a structure that protects us and we have to rely on it. Do your own job and have fun. It’s not fun anytime you’re losing and you haven’t played well at home. We have to get going here. It’s not fun at all going to the rink.”

With a number of veterans sidelined due to injury, Cleary understands the veterans need to step up and lead by example on the ice.

“We have to lead by example and you do that by playing hard, playing well, playing smart and then everyone will follow,” Cleary said. “Certainly it falls on our shoulders and we have to do a better job.”


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