Oct 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Babcock Surprised By Red Wings Lackluster Effort

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock was “surprised” at the Wings effort against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

And not in a good way.

The Wings got pummeled by the Ottawa Senators 6-1 on Wednesday night in Daniel Alfredsson’s first game against his old team.  The Red Wings signed Alfredsson in the offseason who said that the Detroit Red Wings were his best chance to win a Stanley Cup.

Obviously the Ottawa Sentors, led by new captain Jason Spezza, took the comments to heart and came out on fire.

The Red Wings couldn’t match the Senator’s effort and dropped their third game in a row in front of the home crowd at Joe Louis Arena.  The loss left Mike Babcock wonder what happened?

Their team came prepared to play and skated us into the ground. We didn’t play at all — couldn’t keep it out of our net, we didn’t skate good and turned tons of pucks over,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. ”I didn’t see it coming. I was surprised to say the least. Disappointed for Alfie that we couldn’t have done a better job here.”

Daniel Alfredsson wanted to be the one to skate his former team into the ground.  Instead he was held pointless in what turned out to be a lifeless effort from the Wings.

It’s disappointing for us to lose the way we did at home tonight,” Alfredsson said. ”I would have loved to win this one no question, but we played a good game against San Jose (on Monday) and now we took a step back.”

This game was a complete disaster for the Red Wings who are still looking for identity and consistency after moving the Eastern conference this season. The loss drops the Red Wings record to 6-5.  The Wings will try to snap their losing skid when they conclude their three game home stand against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

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