The Detroit Red Wings
entered the All-Star break with the most points of any franchise.
It's coach Mike Babcock's job to ensure his club returns to the ice with that same focus.
"We have to get started again," Babcock said, whose Red Wings have a league-best 67 points heading into tonight's action with the Calgary Flames
"Any way you look at it, any momentum you had is now gone. There's a bunch of teams battling. The teams that are in the clump right outside the playoffs are the toughest down the stretch."
That doesn't mean Babcock has a slough of adjustments he wants his team to make.
"Not a whole bunch of (changes)," Babcock said. "Obviously you're always trying to make your team better. In saying that, there's no question about it we have to be a better team. There's lots of improvement for this group, we understand that, now let's play the games."
If there's any question his team feels the same way, veteran Todd Bertuzzi
said the message came through loud and clear.
"It's tight in the West, every point is important," Bertuzzi said. "I don't think we have time to feel out. I think we're pretty much ready."
Detroit's projected lineup for tonight's game:
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Todd Bertuzzi
- Henrik Zetterberg
- Jiri Hudler
- Darren Helm
- Danny Cleary
- Justin Abdelkader
- Tomas Holmstrom
- Ian White
- Brad Stuart
- Mike Commodore