The upcoming playoffs could be the last for Mike Babcock as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
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.
“There’s risk in anything you do,” Babcock said Monday after he announced Mrazek will start the first playoff game against Tampa Bay.
Landon Ferraro scored his first career goal in the opening minute and Joakim Andersson added an empty-netter with 2:20 left to help the playoff-bound Red Wings clinch the Atlantic Division’s No. 3 seed.
About 10 months ago, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought the team had no chance of making the playoffs.
Detroit qualified by earning a point while Boston lost to Florida.
Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit, which was outshot 28-16 over the final two periods.
“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.”
The 23-year-old Ferraro has 27 goals and 15 assists in 70 games with the Griffins this season. He played four games for the Red Wings last season.