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by Paul on 10/11/13 at 08:15 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The season is barely one week old, but Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has seen enough to conclude something needs to be changed.
Perhaps a couple of lines will be shuffled. Maybe there will be one or two lineup changes.
Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena set off an early season alarm.
“That’s not good enough for us. We weren’t good enough in any way,'' Babcock said. “We’ll have to look at our power play and everybody and what we’re doing. Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job as a coaching staff, because we weren’t prepared tonight.''
added 9:25am, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Babcock envisioned his top two forward groups as options 1A and 1B, but there's little evidence of that materializing to this point.
It's only four games, so it's far too early to panic, but there has to be at least a little bit of a concern that Alfredsson has yet to connect.
His presence on the point was also supposed to ignite what was a very dormant Detroit power play last season, but that unit is pitching a shutout so far, going 0-for-10.
For his part, Alfredsson is preaching patience, noting that it will take time for chemistry to develop on the ice between Weiss and himself.
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