As Mike Babcock gave the obituary for his Detroit Red Wings at the hands of the Predators last April, he noted the series was not close.
Detroit, the dominant NHL franchise of the last 20 years, had lost in five games. Conseqeuntly, Babcock vowed to fix the problems.
"One thing about it is we're going to have lots of time and we'll be able to get figured out what we need to do because I don't think we're very interested in scratching and clawing to make the playoffs," Babcock said. "Thats kind of never been the approach weve had."
The Red Wings might have had to scratch and claw to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for what was their 22nd straight berth, but it does seem as if they figured out what they needed to, as Babcock said. Good coaches do that.
As the second round of the playoffs open today, the Red Wings remain standing. In the first round, they were something of a surprise winner in seven games over Anaheim, which finished the regular season with the league's third-mos...