With less than a month remaining in the regular season, the Red Wings have dropped three of their last four, and Babcock has seen enough.
Justin Abdelkader had the lone goal for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
The Detroit Red Wings shook off a poor start and avoided a stumble against one of the NHL’s worst teams.
Niklas Kronwall, Teemu Pulkkinen, Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk added goals to help Detroit send the Oilers to their fifth straight loss.
Zetterberg remains a reliable link to the team’s championship past, part of an old guard that still includes Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall as well.
“Sloppy from the beginning, too many turnovers from our side in the first period,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said.
“Maybe this will change the historical thinking, not only for the hockey, but for the future generations,” said Slava Fetisov
Detroit’s three-game winning streak was snapped, although the Red Wings outshot the Flames 35-24.
Justin Abdelkader also scored, and Henrik Zetterberg added two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 39 saves for Detroit.
Moya believed he improved his plate discipline in the Arizona Fall League, where he recorded a batting average of .289.