Detroit never ceases to amaze me. It doesn't seem to matter who they dress; everyone ends up looking like a Selke candidate on the ice.
Babcock is a superior strategist and a motivator of talent. He puts players in positions to succeed and employs a system that allows players to be creative yet disciplined. The Nucks have not had a coach that comes close to what Babcock brings. Av's system was to put players into a position he wanted them ot succeed in and if the struggled, relegate them to the bench or a minor role. Look at Detroit's third line...a bunch of rookies that struggled in the early part of the season but Babcock stuck with them and developed them into a force this playoffs. He didn't send them to the AHL or 4th line after some mistakes. He didn't play them 5 minutes per game onteh 4th all season and then put them on the 1st line in the playoffs!
Another example of Detroit's "system" (or lack thereof)...the WIngs D-zone break-outs are varied and creative. Chicago is having a terrible time hemming Detroit in because they don't follow any predictable pattern on their breakouts. Sometimes up the boards, sometimes, they skate it our, sometimes they make a pass through their crease up the middle to break out. This is coaching and confidence that the Nucks simply don't have.
Another difference is the poise the Detroit players show. No after the whistle chirping or retaliation. No mouthing off. They are in the face of the Hawk stars every second but don't take stupid penalties and seldom get into verbal battles. Extremely disciplined and frustrating (look at Toews) to play against...Zetterberg is driving him nuts.
Edited by DIBdaQUIB, 24 May 2013 - 11:24 AM.