Open Gameday Thread: Detroit Red Wings @ Anaheim Ducks

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I'm going to repeat what worked on Monday's GameThread. It got us a point:

-- Nick Bonino will be back in the lineup tonight after missing two and a half games with a 'lower-body injury', presumably a knee issue. In response, Ryan O'Marra was sent back to Syracuse. I really don't remember O'Marra all that much from the two games he was in. I honestly thought he was just in one game until I fact-checked myself.

-- Both Luca Sbisa and Corey Perry skated yesterday and again this morning after missing Monday's game. Sbisa missed his first game of the season with back spasms, and Perry missed the game due to the shoulder injury sustained versus Dallas. Luca appears to be further along that Perry, although both are labeled as 'game time decisions'. Eric Stephens reported that Sbisa took a one timer and he felt a stabbing pain in the muscle that went from his shoulder to his lung. I seriously doubt that Perry is going to play because the Red Wings hate him and will likely take liberties with his shoulder.

-- When Bruce Boudreau was the new coach of the Capitals, he lead the team to a 11-1 run to close out the season and win their way into the playoffs on the very last day. Well, Bruce has 12 games left on this Ducks season. Boudreau knows it can be done because he's done it, but yeah, not with this lineup. He believes they've still got a shot. Once again, I LOVE BB, but this is a glass half empty situation. To end the season, the Ducks will play: Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, at San Jose, St. Louis, Boston, San Jose, at Phoenix, Edmonton, at Vancouver, at Edmonton, and at Calgary. Not an easy task, especially with Corey Perry - the team's leading goal scorer - unable to shoot.

-- The Red Wings are never an easy game; however, things are a TINY bit easier tonight. Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk are both out of the lineup nursing injuries. Detroit has locked up a playoff spot and can afford two of their best players down the stretch. This is the second game in as many nights for the Red Wings. While a bus ride on the 405 isn't an automatic advantage for the Ducks, we'll take it. Detroit was demolished by the Kings last night 5-2. I can't imagine Mike Babcock being ok with that and he'll push his team to get more out of them.

Savor the time we have left, kids. Before you know it, the season will be over and we'll be asking, "Is it October yet?"

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