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Blown out in Boston, Babcock wants better effort from Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings looks down the bench during a NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 23, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings defeated the Penguins 3-2 in overtime. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Mike Babcock was none too pleased with the effort his Red Wings provided in Monday’s 5-2 loss in Boston.

Tonight at home versus the Devils, Babcock wants to avoid a repeat performance.

“The league’s about competition level,” he said, per “We can talk about systems and all those things. When you don’t win your battles on the wall, net front, you don’t win the races, you don’t win any games, so that’s the competitiveness you need to be successful. Boston was way better in that area than we were.”

With just two wins in their last nine, the Wings have fallen from first place in the Atlantic Division (and a 10-point playoff cushion) to third in the division (and a six-point cushion).

After hosting the Devils, Detroit hits the road for six straight games, starting Saturday in Vancouver.

The Wings have only played 15 away games this season, compared to 22 at Joe Louis Arena.