So you take an article that credits Babcock's coaching with increasing the Wings chances to win, and spin it that he's the "worst culprit" of playing for the loser point?
Honestly some of the statistical stuff is beyond me in that article, but it reaches an understandable conclusion. Babcock has required his forwards to be defensively responsible for a while now, and often errs on the side of that responsibility over offensive potential.
This team no longer has the firepower to open things up offensively. And their blueline is pretty thin so it requires a total team effort to limit shots.
Certainly more than we had last year, but where exactly is all this offensive potential that's not getting utilized?
The team, as a whole, is more offensively capable that it was two or three years ago is my point. I'm not sure how to quantify it, but a team with Bertuzzi, Abby, Franzen, Zetterberg, Datyuk, Filppula, and sometimes Cleary as a top six certainly SEEMS like offensively capable that one with Datsyuk, Tatar, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abby, and Franzen. Plus, our third line is pretty obviously more offensively capable with Weiss, Jurco, and Sheahan. So why is the current incarnation shooting less? Perhaps because they're almost entirely focused on playing defense?
"Best team" says nothing specifically about offensive talent. And 5 or 6 years is going back a bit too far.
It also completely ignores the defensive corps, which plays a huge role in generating offense. The Wings have more offensive talent up front than they'd had the last few seasons, but not so much on the blue line. They're not great at moving the puck out of their own end and absolutely terrible at getting any shots through from the point.
When you misrepresent the article as saying "no shots against and no shots for," of course it sounds like a recipe for overtime.
The charts in the article SPECIFICALLY represent "shots for AND shots against" as a whole. And this year's team is shooting less, and holding their opponents to MUCH fewer shots. I'm not sure how I'm misrepresenting anything.
If you're not shooting, and you're not letting the other team shoot much, then you're going to go to a lot of overtimes.
Why are you being so combative about this?