February 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) battle for the puck in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Where A Pavel Datsyuk, Corey Perry Rematch Can Always Happen

The Detroit Red Wings are in Anaheim, California to take on the Ducks at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Detroit is coming off of an ugly loss against the Minnesota Wild, the Wings had no energy and looked lost. Mike Babcock will have to change something if the Red Wings are going to have a shot on this 4 game road trip. The Wings forwards will have to crate better scoring opportunities and defense needs to be more aware in their own zone.

The Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment and have won 7 out of their past 10 games, while collecting 17 of 20 possible points. During that time, Anaheim locked up its top players in Getzlaf and Perry to 8 year deals, which has solidified their offensive power for when Salanne retires.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Cleary

Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl  Ian White

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary have switched spots for tonight’s game. Mike Babcock is hoping the move re-energizes Brunner and give him some confidence.

The defense struggled against the Wild, none more than Brian Lashoff, and will need to be much better tonight.

After a nice goal against the Wild, Gustav Nyquist looks like he is ready to hold on in Detroit.

Patrick Eaves and Todd Bertuzzi made the trip out West with the team, but don’t expect Bertuzzi to be back any time soon.

Prediction: Red Wings will have to hold off Anaheim’s offensive onslaught and the Ducks take a 3-1 victory.

UPDATE – Miller has been promoted to Zetterberg’s wing, Brunner moves down with Andersson and Cleary, and Nyquist joins the fourth line. Also, Eaves is playing today, either Tootoo or Nyquist will sit for him.

 

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