Babcock suggested grit, not talent, will take the Red Wings further in the playoffs.
“I mean I just watched the guys play, and I just thought that Mrazek would give us the best way to start the series.”
“It’s not going to be easy,” Detroit forward Darren Helm said of the upcoming series against Tampa Bay, “but that’s the fun part of it.”
Howard would not speculate what Babcock’s decision to go with Mrazek for the first game of the playoffs means for his future in Detroit.
The upcoming playoffs could be the last for Mike Babcock as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
“There’s risk in anything you do,” Babcock said Monday after he announced Mrazek will start the first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
About 10 months ago, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought the team had no chance of making the playoffs.
“The energy for Opening Day, for me it’s a kin to the Super Bowl. It’s kind of an unofficial holiday for Michigan and Detroit. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it.”
“I think any time you’re proud, you want to score, you want to help the team,” Babcock said. “His production’s still been at a high rate.”
“He won last time out, he’s our veteran guy,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “And now Jimmy, the ball’s in his court right here.”