One can stand around and hope some more practice makes things better or try to force improvement a bit by moving some of the fellows around while preaching: “Let’s get back to Red Wings hockey!”
In no small part because he has a surplus of bodies a team very much in the process of developing young players pushing older ones in Detroit and even young ones in Grand Rapids pushing the other young ones on the NHL roster Mike Babcock opted to move some bodies around after a lousy loss Thursday.
By the end of three periods Saturday one could conclude that despite continuing to hand the puck to their opponents far too frequently these Red Wings were playing considerably more like the Red Wings.
And the sense is that with lots of weapons not in the lineup including the injured Daren Helm and Patrick Eaves along with healthy scratches Tomas Tatar and Mikael Samuelsson and Gustav Nyquist toiling still in the AHL Babcock has a lot of buttons to push this season. When things stagnate you can...