Mike Babcock: 'There were lots of mental of mistakes (Saturday) you shouldn't make.' (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit -- The practice was a bit longer and more intense than usual.
But with four days off between games, you'd expect coach Mike Babcock to put the Red Wings through the paces -- which he did Monday morning.
And after a disappointing 4-1 loss Saturday in Boston, there's no doubt Babcock had everyone's attention during practice.
"It's critcial we keep taking steps," Babcock said. "There were lots of mental of mistakes (Saturday) you shouldn't make. Was it mental fatigue, or was it what Boston was doing to us? I just know you can't make them (mental mistakes)."
The Wings don’t play again until Thursday at home against Phoenix.
"Even though it's early in the season, a break is a break and we'll take it," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "It's good. To start the season with three games in four nights is pretty tough. That first back-to-back game is probably the toughest of the year.
"We get a few days to re-energize ourselves, and that's good."
The Wings opened last Wednesday at home against Buffalo, then played Friday and Saturday at Carolina and Boston, respectively.
There was plenty to work on Monday and there will be in the days ahead, as well.
A bankrupt power play continues to baffle the Red Wings, who are scoreless in eight attempts.
"We need to depend on it," forward Daniel Alfredsson said. "We've done some good things but we haven't put the puck in the net and that's what it's all about.”
Backing the Tigers
There was nearly as much discussion about baseball as there was hockey in the locker room. With the television set to MLB Network and plenty of players wearing Tigers gear, you could tell it was a playoff day nearby at Comerica Park.
Only problem was, it appeared few players were attending the game, as family commitments and various other factors kept them from the ballpark.
"I wish I could go," forward Johan Franzen said. "Maybe tomorrow."
That was the hope of Alfredsson, who said he doesn’t watch baseball until this time of year.
"Obviously I'm following the Tigers and it's a big game today," Alfredsson said. "I'd love to catch a game. I haven't followed baseball (as much) in Ottawa but I do watch the playoffs in any sport."
Injured players Patrick Eaves (sprained knee, ankle) Darren Helm (back), and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder) all were on the ice for varying periods Monday.
"They're wearing gray (jerseys, usually the players not in the lineup); maybe one of these days they'll wear red and white and be available," Babcock said.
… Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson collided with forward Jordin Tootoo in practice. Ericsson left the ice before practice ended but there was no lasting issue.
… The third line of Joakim Andersson centering Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi has yet to score a point this season and is a combined minus-8.
… The normal lines were skating together Monday, meaning Tomas Tatar is likely back to being an extra.
As for the Franzen, Stephen Weiss, Alfredsson line?
"They were real good in games 1 and 2 and I didn't think they were good in game 3," Babcock said.