Red Wings-Ducks Preview
The Anaheim Ducks’ point streak is over – as is their
franchise-best run at home.
They won’t have to wait long to get some payback on the team
that ended those.
Anaheim will play the Detroit Red Wings at the Honda Center for
the second time in three nights on Sunday.
Looking to build on Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over league-best
Chicago and extend its winning streak in Anaheim in 14, the Pacific
Division-leading Ducks lost 5-1 to Detroit on Friday as Justin
Abdelkader recorded his first career hat trick.
Abdelkader has netted five goals in the last three games after
scoring once in the first 28.
“I didn’t play anywhere during the lockout and I had a slow
start,” said Abdelkader, who also set up Johan Franzen’s score for
his first four-point game. “It took a little bit for me to get my
legs underneath me and get my hands and everything going good.”
The Ducks (22-4-4), meanwhile, are hoping they can bounce back
right away after suffering their first home loss since Jan. 25
against Vancouver, and their first regulation defeat since Feb. 25
in Los Angeles.
“I don’t know why this game would be a letdown (from the
Blackhawks victory),” coach Bruce Boudreau said after his team’s
9-0-3 run ended. “I mean, we had a whole 24 hours in-between – and
you’re playing the Detroit Red Wings, for crying out loud. … We
want to remember this one and we don’t want it to happen
The Ducks, three points behind Chicago, have dropped
back-to-back games just once this season, 5-4 shootout losses at
Phoenix on March 2 and 4.
It’s uncertain if rookie Viktor Fasth will be back in net after
getting chased in the second period on Friday when Abdelkader’s
second goal put Detroit up 3-1. Fasth, who stopped 26 shots in a
5-2 road win over Detroit on Feb. 15, came into the game with a
6-0-0 home record.
“I didn’t think Viktor was really sharp, so I said to myself,
‘If they score early in the second period, I was going to take him
out and shake things up because it would still give us enough time
to bounce back,'” Boudreau said.
Jonas Hiller, who turned aside 10 of 12 shots on Friday, could
get his first start against the Red Wings (15-11-5) since making 23
saves in a 4-0 home win last March 14. Hiller had lost his previous
five starts in this series.
Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is now 3-0-1 with a 1.24
goals-against average in his last four starts in Anaheim after
Friday’s 33-save effort. At 7-2-2 with a 1.61 GAA in his last 11
starts, Howard should be in net again as Detroit goes for its
fourth win in five games following a three-game skid.
The Red Wings are also trying to extend their road winning
streak to four before finishing their trip against Phoenix and San
Jose. Detroit last won four in a row away from home from Nov.
19-Dec. 2, 2011.
Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has scored in back-to-back contests
following a nine-game drought, but Anaheim would like to see Corey
Perry and Ryan Getzlaf fare better against the Red Wings. Perry has
scored one goal in his last 10 games versus Detroit while Getzlaf
has gone 13 games in this series without finding the back of the