Mike Babcock is in the final year of his contract, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk aren’t getting any younger — and Detroit has not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 2009.
There’s nothing quite like playoff hockey and it’s finally time to break down the field that gets the opportunity to battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins took so long to clinch a playoff berth, they almost missed the postseason altogether.
About 10 months ago, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought the team had no chance of making the playoffs.
“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.”
“I think we’ll see what our group’s made of these last five games,” Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said Friday.
The starting goaltender job of the Detroit Red Wings appears to be up for grabs.
The hits are getting harder, the intensity is ramping up and it’s almost time for the best part of the NHL season.
It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.