PREVIEW: Ducks vs Red Wings

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(20-18-7) made a brief stop in Washington D.C., but had to quickly fly out because of a snow storm. The game was postponed until further notice. Tonight the Ducks play the Detroit Red Wings(24-15-8). In their first meeting the Red Wings won 2-1. This is the final meeting this season between the two teams. Tonight’s game starts at 4:00PM PST.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks:

1. Early Start: The Red Wings played yesterday, so if the Ducks can score first and keep the pressure on, then they have a good chance to prevail in this contest.

2. Forecheck: The Ducks didn’t get many quality chances against Detroit in the previous contest. If the Ducks can get traffic in front and stay on the forecheck, then they can earn two points tonight.

Red Wings:

1. Face-offs: Detroit is 50.3% efficient at winning draws, which is just behind Anaheim at 51.7%. The Red Wings won the face-off battle in the previous game, so this will be a key matchup tonight.

2. Penalties: The Red Wings only average 8.2 penalty minutes a game. They don’t take many penalties, giving their opponent’s not that many chances on the power play.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Rickard Rakell: He scored the game-winning goal in the last game and is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals. It’s been a break out year for him as he is on track to easily pass the 31 points he recorded last year. He has 21 points so far this season.

2. Jakob Silfverberg: He has really picked up his game as of late on the home stand. He has been going to the net more and getting more shots on goal. In his last six games, he has seven total points(3G +4A) and 28 shots on goal during that span.

Red Wings

1. Dylan Larkin: He is Detroit’s leading goal scorer with 15 goals. He has three points in his last four games. He had an assist in their victory over the Ducks in the previous contest.

2. Tomas Tatar: He is the second leading goal scorer with 14 goals. He has two goals in his last five games and is second in power play goals with five. He scored one goal against the Ducks in the first meeting this season.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup :

Jiri Sekac was traded to Chicago for Ryan Garbutt. Garbutt will play tonight on the fourth line.

For more on the trade visit: Sekac Traded To Chicago, Ducks Gain Grit

Offense

David PerronRyan GetzlafChris Stewart

Patrick MaroonRickard RakellCorey Perry

Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Shawn Horcoff  – Nate Thompson  Ryan Garbutt

Defense

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Sami Vatanen – Kevin Bieksa

Shea Theodore – Korbinian Holzer

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup (Per NHL.com):

Offense

Justin AbdelkaderHenrik ZetterbergDylan Larkin

Gustav NyquistPavel DatsyukDarren Helm

Tomas TatarRiley SheahanBrad Richards

Tomas JurcoLuke GlendeningTeemu Pulkkinen

Defense

Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser

Brendan SmithMike Green

Jonathan EricssonAlexey Marchenko

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:             John Gibson                             10-7-2 GAA 1.86 SV% .925% (Confirmed)

Red Wings:      Jimmy Howard                           7-6-4 GAA 2.68 SV% .909% (Confirmed)

TEAM COMPARISION
GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
45 20-18-7 14-8-4 6-10-3 6-3-1 1.98 2.31 19.3 89.1 12.5 30.3 27.2 51.7
47 24-15-8 11-9-5 13-6-3 6-3-1 2.43 2.45 17.6 80.1 8.2 28.7 30.1 50.3

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