Mike Babcock Can’t Rely On Defense-Only Attitude with Detroit Red Wings
Mike Babcock admitted that his Detroit Red Wings don’t score enough. He’s right, and that’s going to come back to haunt them, even if that day might not come anytime soon.
Babcock has to be given credit that through his team’s first 14 games, the Red Wings are 9-4-2. They scored only 33 goals in those games and allowed 36. Yet, here they are, having won twice as many games as they have lost. Babcock has been a winner his entire NHL coaching career, so it’s not surprising that he has an uncanny talent for winning. His coaching abilities are among the main reasons the Red Wings are considered Stanley Cup contenders almost every season.
Babcock has so far found a way to make every precious goal that his team is able to score go a long way. It’s amazing to be averaging only 2.4 goals per game and to have a .643 winning percentage prior to Saturday’s game with the Edmonton Oilers. The Wings won 5-0 over Edmonton, but considering the fact the Oilers have one of the league’s worst teams, the lack of scoring should remain Detroit’s top concern.
That said, they’re winning despite any struggles they might have. Babcock gets a lot of credit for that and for continuing to produce a formidable defensive team. He obviously believes defense wins hockey games, but he also knows that lack of offense also usually means lack of wins. The Red Wings’ penalty kills have been as impressive as the power play has been depressing.
Babcock needs to realize that this can’t continue forever. The streak of Red Wings’ success is bound to end if the low offensive output continues. It’s time to find the right combinations or bring in some new talent for Babcock to be able to watch his team score more goals.