I know it seems crazy, but the Wings are a better team on the road than at home... and that doesn’t happen too often in any sport.
They beat the L.A. Kings last night 7-4 but the game really wasn’t even that close. After the kings scored first, the Wings rattled off 7 goals in a row.
Their road record is now 22 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties, which is terrific. Their home record is 17 wins, 10 losses and 4 ties.
Head coach Mike Babcock and the players are all a little baffled because in past years playing at the Joe has always been a big advantage.
This season it hasn’t been and we’ve heard a number of explanations from the players and the coach as to why they struggle at home. The one that makes the most sense to me is they keep it simple on the road. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. Do your job and be responsible and your talent, which is almost always better than the other guys, will win out.
Obviously you feel more comfortable playing at the Joe. You’ve slept in your own bed, spent time with your wife and kids and know all the little things about your home ice that give you an advantage.
Other than a few boo birds showing up in the past week or two you’ve got fans who adore you and in past seasons made the Joe a loud, crazy, and tough place to win. It all adds up to an advantage to the Wings, but it hasn’t worked out that way.
Trust me, the players want Joe Louis to be an intimidating place. The Wings need to turn that aspect of the season around and I suspect they will because they have a lot of pride and all the losing at home really bothers them.