In nine previous seasons, Mike Babcock has never won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's Coach of the Year.

If Scott Cullen of is correct, the Detroit Red Wings coach is the front-runner to finally end that streak this season.

Babcock, who is in his eighth year with the Red Wings after spending his first two NHL seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, was Cullen's pick for the Coach of the Year after the first quarter of the season.

Despite a rash of injuries and the retirement of defenseman Niklas Lidstrom and forward Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings are 7-5-2 and holding down a playoff spot this season under Babcock entering tonight's game in Minnesota.

Cullen picked Babcock over Nashville's Barry Trotz and New Jersey's Peter DeBoer.