The Detroit Red Wings finish off their California road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The Red Wings are coming off a hard-fought victory against the Kings and should be riding high for tonight’s game against the Ducks. Despite liking to keep a winning group together, Mike Babcock said that there could be some changes to the line-up before game time.
The Ducks are 5-0-0 in their past five games and to say they are a good team at home would be an understatement as they have only lost two games at the Pond all season. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are on fire for the Ducks and it will be up to Niklas Kronwall and Brendan Smith to neutralize them.
- The Red Wings have a 66-34-7 overall record against the Ducks and have won 62.5% of their recent games in the pond, which does not even include Game 7 in last year’s playoffs.
- Since 2010, the Red Wings are 14-9-0 against the Ducks and they will be looking avenge the loss earlier this season in order to improve that number tonight.
- Jimmy Howard hurt his hip flexor against the Kings and will not start tonight’s game; instead it will be up to Petr Mrazek to back stop Detroit.
- Daniel Alfredsson sat out yesterday’s game with back spasms and might not play tonight.
- If Alfredsson cannot go Mikael Samuelsson will be allowed to play once again. In recent games he has not been awful, but most players in the Wings’ system are better than him.
- After yesterday’s game, Mike Babcock said that Alexey Marchenko might see some action tonight and the Wings’ might go with eleven forwards and seven defenseman.
- Tomas Tatar will be flying back to Slovakia after to game to attend his father’s funeral. Hopefully the Wings can send him out on a high note.
Prediction: After a hard-fought and emotional game for the Wings last season we could see a bit of a let down tonight. 3-1 Ducks.