Undisciplined penalties and poor penalty killing have been a costly combination for the Detroit Red Wings. The NHL informed clubs just before the season, via memo and video, of a crackdown on hooking, holding, interference and slashing. The Red Wings aren't adapting well to the new standards. Detroit has been shorthanded 43 times, ninth-most in the league. That's an average of 4.78 times per game, up from last season's average of 3.34 times per game. “When you put your free hand on somebody, you're going to the box,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. “You knock someone's feet from under them, you're going to the box. So let's look after it. “When it's details and work ethic, things we can control, those things should never, ever happen.'' Babcock is particularly disturbed by needless offensive-zone penalties. His team took two in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. He said the issue was addressed heading into Thursday's game at St. Louis. “Why would you shoot yourself in the foot?'' Babcock said. “You can say on a lot of those penalties, as a player, 'Oh, that's a cheap call.' You're in the box or you're not in the box, real simple to me. The bottom line is, you got an offensive-zone penalty. “(Daniel Cleary) got two (Tuesday). We took a tough one (by Kyle Quincey) that put us down five-on-three. You're digging yourself out of a hole. We have to look after that.'' Players no longer can get away with putting their sticks on an opponent's glove. “Obviously, the rules are a little bit different, but that's no excuse,'' defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “It's the same thing for everybody. Me and the rest of the guys need to do a better job of staying out of the box because it's costing us too much.'' Kronwall leads the club with 10 minor penalties and Cleary has nine. “Stick down, move your feet,'' Kronwall said. “We're shorting out the bench as far as who's playing on the PK and stuff like that.''
Red Wings taking too many penalties, and doing a poor job of killing them
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