DETROIT >> Why have the Wings had so much trouble with the second worst team in the Eastern Conference this season?
“Talent, size, speed,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “How’s that? (When) you’re bad long enough, you end up with good players. They’ve got good players.”
Detroit is 1-1-2 this season against the Panthers.
“They’re one of those teams that don’t stop, no matter what the score is, what the situation is, they keep playing,” Jimmy Howard said. “That’s one of the reasons they’ve been really successful against us.”
Florida battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits in the last meeting with the Wings on Jan. 26 to win in a shootout.
“Maybe they’re playing their best against us because we are the Red Wings so they want to win,” Tomas Tatar said. “It feels to me on the ice like every team against us is playing really well. I’m not sure if it’s us or them, but every game is hard in the NHL. It’s kind of surprising some teams are destroying Florida and we play them and all of a sudden it’s a really tight game. Hopefully it won’t be this time.”