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Pressure On The Wings

Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun with an article regarding the pressure the Wings are feeling...

“Mike,” a reporter ventured, when the Wings practised Friday at Rogers Arena in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, “your team has gone 20 seasons without missing the playoffs ...”

“21,” Babcock corrected him.

But who’s counting, right?

Don’t kid yourself: they all are. And they all feel the pressure to keep the string alive.

“Have I ever been asked that by a reporter?” Babcock said, chuckling.

“It’s kind of like when I put up the schedule today for the players, and we put up everyone’s (standings), they probably sat there and thought: ‘I wonder if he knows we can read, too?’

“What 21 years in the playoffs means is, it’s a sign of greatness over a period of time. If you’re Henrik Zetterberg and it’s your first year as captain, you don’t want (missing the playoffs) on your watch. If you’re Mike Babcock in your eighth year of coaching the team, you don’t want it on your watch. If you’re any one of these players that has any stake in the Red Wings, especially the ones who’ve put in a ton of time, they don’t want it on their watch, either.

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