DETROIT -- You might not be able to tell by the expression on his face when he's on the bench, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is actually enjoying himself immensely.
Babcock has coached better teams. The 2008 Stanley Cup champions and the Canadian Olympic team that won gold in 2010 come to mind first.
Still, there's something about his 2013 Red Wings team.
"It's the most fun I've had coaching in a couple years, by far, just because we have a real enthusiastic group," Babcock said Sunday after an optional practice. "At the start of the year, we weren't a good team. We all understood that, but we buckled down and we got better.
"It's been a fun year for us. If you would have asked me before the playoffs, I would've told you the same thing ... Then suddenly you have a little success in the playoffs and it's more fun."
Babcock is also having fun helping some of the young players learn how to play at this level.
"That (Joakim) Andersson line has been a key for us because we got ...