The coach agreed that the team’s lack of experience might have played into the game.
Through the first two games of their series against the Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings have failed to convert on any of their six power play opportunities.
If anyone understands how difficult it is to resist the urge to retaliate against Boston, it is Brendan Smith.
Had what happened to the Red Wings in Game 2 of their series against Boston happened in Game 1, coach Mike Babcock would be more worried.
The Red Wings are returning to Joe Louis Arena all tied up with the President’s Cup Trophy winning Boston Bruins at one game a piece.
After relentlessly pushing toward the goal of making the playoffs and finally achieving that goal Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings followed up that success with a 2-1 loss Friday to the Carolina Hurricanes
Scotty Bowman had 411 wins with the Red Wings, and Jack Adams was the previous leader with 413.
By winning four of their last five, they have all but locked up a spot.
When Pavel Datsyuk hits the ice Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, it will be his first game in the home arena of the Detroit Red Wings since Dec. 23, 2013.
The Detroit Red Wings would have gotten drummed out of the playoff picture a long time earlier had not a youth movement led by 24-year-old Gustav Nyquist kept the team in contention.