DETROIT -- The Red Wings haven't played a game since Saturday's 4-1 loss at Boston, so many of the player have spent their free time watching their baseball counterparts, the Tigers, who are in a hotly-contested American League division series with the Oakland A's.
It was perfect timing, with the Tigers having two home games, said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who attended Monday's and Tuesday's games at Comerica Park. We didnt mind the break. I like it (baseball), especially this time of year. It was exciting."
Growing up in Sweden, Zetterberg wasn't a baseball or football fan, but has developed a passion for both sports since coming to Detroit.
Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, on the other hand, is a lifelong baseball fan who's fired up after Tuesdays Tigers victory.
It was a blast," said Howard, who was at Comerica Park on Tuesday. "Let me tell you, in those situations, its fun being a fan. Just sitting there cheering and not the one being in that situation, it was just fun cheering them on.
That game was awesome to be a part of last night. It was amazing to watch (Max) Scherzer pitch out of that jam.
For me, being in Game 7s and in overtimes, I just dont get nervous. Its a lot tougher to watch. Just being in the stands and sitting in the stands, I think its more nerve-wracking watching than it is playing."
Wings coach Mike Babcock has also been glued to the Tigers-As series when time permits. He believes that what he and Tigers manager Jim Leyland go through are extremely similar, despite their sports being so different.
(Anibal) Sanchez started the night before and then I had to laugh when they asked Leyland (about sticking with Sanchez for so long) and its, Well, hes my guy," Babcock said. "When Howies getting bombed 6-1 in the playoffs, what do you do? Hes our guy.
The other thing, attitude is contagious, work ethic is contagious, hittings contagious, scoring is contagious. And once they got a couple of hits, the guys got confidence.
"Its exactly the same thing in our game. The same thing."