Mike Babcock Becomes Red Wings' All-Time Leader in Coaching Wins

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 9, 2014

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 04: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings gives instructions during a timeout againmst the New Jersey Devils during the game at the Prudential Center on March 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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With the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, coach Mike Babcock earned his 414th career regular-season win behind the Detroit bench. In doing so, he became the franchise's all-time leader in that department, per Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press.

In the process, Babcock overtook Jack Adams, who recorded 413 victories while coaching the Detroit franchise—a stint that ended when Tommy Ivan took over for Adams following the 1946-47 season, per the Red Wings' official website.

Heading into Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Babcock's regular-season record with the club sits at 414-197-90 overall, per Ansar Khan of Mlive.com.

Moreover, following Tuesday's triumph, the Red Wings are just one point from clinching a playoff spot for the 23rd consecutive season. Per NHL.com, only four teams in league history have topped the mark. The Boston Bruins top that list, having qualified for the postseason 29 times in a row from 1967-68 through the 1995-96 NHL campaign.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings' current 22-season roll is the longest active streak in North American major professional sports.

Babcock, who was named the Red Wings' head coach prior to the 2005-06 season, has been behind the team's bench for the last eight of those playoff appearances, including a postseason run in 2007-08 that ended with a Stanley Cup Championship.

Prior to taking over the Red Wings' helm, the 50-year-old Babcock spent two seasons with the Anaheim Ducks franchise, recording 69 wins in that span.