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Babcock to coach West squad in Atlanta

Wednesday, 01.2.2008 / 6:24 PM ET / News
By Derek Gluth  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Babcock to coach West squad in Atlanta
DETROIT -- One member of the Red Wings has already been named an All-Star.

Coach Mike Babcock will be heading to Atlanta to coach the Western Conference All-Star team at Philips Arena on January 27.

Babcock will coach against John Paddock of the Ottawa Senators, the point leaders of the Eastern Conference. Both were selected based upon the total point percentages through Jan. 4. Detroit and Ottawa with 61 and 54 points, respectively, hold enough of an advantage to guarantee the trip for both coaches.

The Red Wings (29-8-3) have compiled a league-best, nine-game winning streak this season, which included a three-game sweep on a trip through western Canada. It was the first time in franchise history that the Wings had swept three games in a swing through the western provinces.

The Wings also put together a seven-game streak.

The All-Star selection is the first for Babcock who is in his fifth season as an NHL coach, and his third with Detroit, where this season he celebrated career win No. 200 on Dec. 15.
The last time Detroit had a coach in the All-Star game was Dave Lewis in 2004.

“It's a real honor,” Babcock said. “It means you've got a real good team and real good players. I'm excited about doing it.”

It’s expected that Babcock will be surrounded by many familiar faces in Atlanta. The Wings have three of the top four vote-getters in the Western Conference: defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

“I'll have to tell my family they're not going skiing at Boyne Mountain, I don't know how excited they'll be about that,” joked Babcock last week. “Hopefully we can make it a family time, and I can bring my whole family and enjoy the time with them.”

Last season, Babcock became the second-fastest NHL coach to win 100 games with a team. He also became the first Wings' coach to lead the club to back-to-back 50-win seasons.

This season he can become the first coach in NHL history to guide a team to three consecutive 50-win seasons in his first three seasons with a team.

“We've been on a good run here since I've been in Detroit and we've won a lot of games with a lot of high-end players who play real hard and play real well,” Babcock said. “It's great to be part of a franchise that's doing good things on a consistent basis. And obviously, when the team does well there's lots of individual successes a long the way.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80