“We’re going to be way younger than you’re used to,” Babcock said. “We’re going to end up with a lot of kids on this team.”
Holland said he had not spoken to Babcock about his contract but anticipated doing so.
“We need more Mules,” Holland said. “We need more players that can score 20 goals.”
More worrisome to most than Howard’s absence for Game 4, however, was his overall performance in the 2013-2014 season.
“There’s a question if there’s dead tissue in there,” Holland continued.
The Detroit Red Wings regularly were Stanley Cup contenders not long ago.
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to help the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-2 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday and eliminate Detroit from the postseason.
Jimmy Howard – In Game 1, Howard was outstanding.
The Detroit Red Wings need for their young players to be exceptions to the rule that it takes time to adjust to the pace of playoff hockey.
Johan Franzen will not talk to the media about his postseason struggles, and head coach Mike Babcock does not understand why.