Detroit Red Wings preparing to return strong after Olympic break

2/11/14 in NHL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Winter Olympic break kicked in to allow the NHL players to attend Olympics and represent their respective nations in the sport. The Detroit Red Wings, like any other team, have been taking time off with the Olympic break as well but they know the game will only get harder and competition intensify after the break is over and they will have to play every game with a playoff level performance right till the regular season ends.
The Wings will be back in action in Montreal on February 26 and when they do, they will be sitting on the edge of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Wings center/left wing Henrik Zetterberg said that they would be starting their hockey when the break ends and it would be the playoffs and the players were looking forward to playing in those games.
“Our playoffs basically start when we come back after the break,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “That’s the kind of hockey you want to play.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock said that he would love to see his team in first place but they weren’t. the Wings stand at 64 points. He added despite not securing first place, the team was still solid in many other aspects that were important. He said they had improved a lot and had a lot of young talent rising in their rosters.
“I’d like to be in first place overall, but we’re not. I think we’ve done a lot of good things. I think we’re a way better team than we were. We’re way quicker. We skate. Our young kids are good players,” Babcock said. “We need a few more of our veterans to be better than they’ve been and we’ll be fine.”
The Wings secured a playoff berth by winning the last four games last year. Zetterberg said that he wouldn’t want to repeat what happened as it was quite tense but it seemed they would have to go with it anyways.
“I wouldn’t say we were that comfortable last year,” Zetterberg said. “We’ve probably got to pull something similar this year.”
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