April 30, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) skates into position as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen (55) controls the puck during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 2 - Take Two For The Red Wings Tonight

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The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Anaheim Ducks at 10:00 p.m. EDT at the Honda Center.

The first game did not go as planned for the Red Wings, but this a best of seven series and there are plenty more games left. The Red Wings need to start getting production out of their top lines and fix the dreadful power play they iced last game.

Anaheim might have had their best game against the Red Wings, which can mean they spent too much energy and will be tired tonight or they gained a ton of confidence. I am pretty sure it will the latter one meaning the Wings need to come out strong in the first period.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl  Danny DeKeyser

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

We could see the return of Todd Bertuzzi to the line-up tonight and a player like Cleary or Tootoo sit.

Despite losing last game both the defense and Jimmy Howard were strong, I see no changes there.

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were effective cancelled out by the Ducks and if the Wings want to have a shot at winning tonight that has to change.

Random Playoff Fact – The last three times the Wings were knocked out of the Playoffs they lost the first game of the series.

Prediction: After a night off, Babcock’s stare, and Zetterberg’s leadership the Red Wings prove they are better than the Ducks. Red Wings victory 3-2.

 

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