Babcock thinks cap could hit 'Hawks

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

The Detroit Red Wings' abundance of talent has made the NHL salary cap a tightrope walk over the years.

Wings head coach Mike Babcock admitted he can't help but look at the Chicago Blackhawks and imagine what struggles they'll face while all their young players age.

"They've got way too much skill, and so the only way we can eliminate their skill is by the salary cap getting involved here," he said.

"The scary thing about this new world is you walk out and say thanks for everything and (players) go somewhere else for more money. It's tough."

HAVLAT DOESN'T PRACTISE

Conspicuous by his absence during yesterday's practice was Blackhawks right winger Martin Havlat, but Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville insisted he'll play tonight.

A NECK ON THE LINE

It was a scary moment for Adam Burish in Sunday's game. Linemate Ben Eager's skate hit Burish in the throat.

The blade's edges marked Burish's neck, but fortunately, there was no further damage.

RAISING KANE

Chicago forward Patrick Kane has no false illusion of his job description.

"I'm not out there to be blocking shots and fighting guys," he said.

Kane was held without a shot in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

SPECIAL TEAM STRUGGLES

Chicago had one man-advantage and scored on it. The Red Wings have surrendered at least one powerplay goal in their last 10 games.


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