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by Paul on 06/14/13 at 10:20 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
What can they expect? What adjustments are needed? Coach Mike Babcock said after the season that he won't know until he's experienced it. But, he has spoken to Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean, the former Red Wings assistant.
“He says it's more physically demanding from the get-go as far as fighting and physicality,'' Babcock said. “But, he told me he just did what he always did, so that's what we're going to do. We understand (more physicality) might be part of it, but we're going to get prepared.
“We've broken up that (conference) into groups, so that each (assistant) coach covers it and gets a good handle on all the players. We got to know all the players before we get to camp.''
The Red Wings' new division includes Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto. The other division in the East will consistent of Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the Islanders, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.
The Red Wings will play four or five games against each team in their division, three games vs. each club in the other Eastern division and home and away against each of the 14 Western teams.
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