I can’t figure it out. The Detroit Red Wings should be winning. They have seasoned veterans, young upstarts and even a hot goalie. So how can a six game skid along with a only six goals be explained?
Moreover, when will this end?
The last time the Wings had a six game losing streak was in February 2008, the last time they won the Stanley Cup. As much as I’d love to believe that this is another good omen, it’s probably more like a hiccup. Detroit may not win the Cup this year, but they sure won’t miss the playoffs.
The Anaheim Ducks are a different story. The team almost seems to suffer from the same split personality disorder as the Wings. With a roster including current Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry, future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne and past USA Olympian Bobby Ryan, the Ducks should be have a better record (5-5-3) than most of the teams in the Western Conference.
Unfortunately, the Ducks share the same scoring woes as Detroit. Ranking 29th in the league for goals per game (2), Anaheim’s scoring line is ineffective, and doesn’t show signs of improving any time soon. Similarly, they also can’t win. In the last eight games, the Ducks have only managed to win one contest.
So two teams with scoring slumps and losing streaks will have to battle to see who is less mediocre. The winner will gain a little confidence and hopefully get back on track. The loser will continue to make ineloquent, monotone excuses to the press on the reasons why they keep failing.
A friend of mine, who’s the most obsessed Anaheim Ducks fan I ever met, gave the best remark regarding tonight’s game:
“The Anaheim Ducks always revert back to their Disney roots and make dreams come true. The Wings will win tonight.”
Let’s hope his prediction is true. Even if they do, however, it’ll be a victory over a bad team. It may be a good start, but the true test will come from the next contest.
Fabian Brunnstrom has been called from Grand Rapids to replace an ailing Todd Bertuzzi. Last year, the Detroit Red Wings went 3-0-1 against the Anaheim Duck, losing their only game in OT with a penalty shot by Bobby Ryan.
Here’s a look at better times. A fight between Corey Perry and Pavel Datsyuk
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