Babcock pleased with Wings’ top trio despite lack of scoring
Earlier in the week, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock called out his top line of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Gustav Nyquist for being held pointless thus far in the preseason.
Things didn’t change Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena, as the Wings were shut out 2-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But Zetterberg and Babcock didn’t seem concerned that Detroit’s top trio still remains scoreless with the regular season a little over a week away.
"Well, I don’t see a lot of points; don’t see a lot of goals. But I think we create more and more chemistry for each game," Zetterberg said about his line’s performance. "We should be ready when the season starts.
"It’s the preseason; you can’t be frustrated in preseason, its way too long of a season."
Babcock was also pleased with the play of his top line, telling reporters that he has "no issue" with his number one line.
"I thought they’ve gotten better each game they’ve played. I liked them today," Babcock said. "I thought they had real good opportunities. They didn’t click. That’s alright. They worked."
After a first period where the Wings outshot the Penguins 14-10, the Wings could only generate 11 more shots during the rest of the game.
For a preseason game, each team fielded a competitive lineup with Wings goalie Jimmy Howard looking sharp throughout the contest, making a total of 31 saves.
Detroit is now 3-2-1 this preseason and will finish up its preseason schedule with back-to-back road games Friday in Toronto and Saturday in Boston, before opening the regular season at home on October 9th against the Bruins.
Based on Babcock and the Wings’ reaction to Wednesday’s loss, the regular season cannot come soon enough.