A quick post about the Wings before I start working on getting the file size down of my copy of the Michigan/BC game.
Bless Mike Babcock. I don't think anyone could have asked for anything more out of his team through 9 games. 8-1-0, powerplay and penalty kill in the top 3 (which are even more important now!), and now this wonderful pearl from the Detroit News today. Manny Legace is the #1 goalie and Osgood is the backup. Bless his heart. Obviously if Legace doesn't keep playing well, that's subject to change, but just to see it in print does my heart good.
The absolute best thing about the guy though, is this. Check out the ice time that the Wings players are getting. Everyone except for Jamie Rivers and Mark Mowers is seeing 10+ minutes of ice-time a night and 12 players are seeing 15+ minutes a night. He's spreading out the ice-time, and pretty much everyone is producing because of it. Hands up, who saw Jason Williams leading the team in scoring? I didn't. I expect as the season wears on, he'll lean a little bit more on his star players, but for now, give everyone a shot. With the added emphasis on the PP and PK, it helps to develop players in those roles so that if, in the playoffs, you're faced with a situation where you have to kill off 3 penalties in a row or something, you're not scrambling to put people out there.
I've been very impressed with Babcock so far. But then again, Dave Lewis had great regular seasons as well. I just get the feeling that something is different here though...
And you can't say enough about Manny Legace. Across the league, scoring is up and the guy is still posting a 1.77 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He's been outstanding. As much as I hate him, I'm glad that Osgood is healthy though. They need someone to give Manny a break, and take 35 starts or so, and it was obvious they weren't going to let Howard do that.