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Mar 24, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) skates with the puck against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The Red Wings defeated the Ducks 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 1 - Red Wings Go Duck Hunting

The Detroit Red Wings are in Anaheim to take on the Ducks at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings have won four games in a row, their longest winning streak this season, and are getting production from everyone on the roster. The offense has been able to score when needed, the defense has been impenetrable and Jimmy Howard, well he has been Jimmy Howard.

Anaheim is coming off of a loss to Phoenix, but have scored three goals in their past four games. Selanne, Getzlaf, Perry, and Ryan are big offense weapons for the Ducks and when they are crying and getting thrown out of games they need to be watched constantly.

Projected Line-up


Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl  Danny DeKeyser


Jimmy Howard

Justin Abdelkader could be an X-factor for the Red Wings, he has 4 points against the Duck this season.

The other X-facter could be the “Get the puck to Eaves” line. Tootoo’s fore-checking, Emmerton’s defense, and Eaves’ shot is a beautiful combination.

The Wings need to continue to get contributions from secondary scorers, but if they want to win Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg need to keep producing.

Danny DeKeyser and Jakub Kindl make a great defensive pairing for the Wings and will have to stay strong in this series, despite their inexperience.

Prediction: The Red Wings are hot, why would they cool down now? Red Wings victory 3-1.

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