The Ducks (23-7-5) cannot be beaten (in regulation) at home, and the team will leave Anaheim with a pretty .933 winning percentage at Honda Center (No. 1 in the NHL). On the other hand, the Detroit Red Wings (15-11-9) are struggling at home and have a .421 winning percentage (No. 26 in the NHL).
Keys to the Game: The Red Wings are suffering from a lot of injuries to key players. Their injury list includes Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Danny Dekeyser, Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader (out with a concussion ... karma), Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm. The Ducks are finally starting to get healthy and should look to take advantage of a depleted lineup in Detroit.
Even with these injuries, Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson are still dangerous players that the Red Wings have at their disposal. Cam Fowler and Ben Lovejoy will have to continue their shutdown work against both Datsyuk and Alfredsson if the Ducks want to come away with the win. If the Ducks stick to their game, and the second line continues to warm up, the team should have no problem scoring against the Red Wings.
What Can We Learn From This Game?: Teemu Selanne ended his longest point drought in his career with a goal against the Edmonton Oilers. This game will be a test to see if the second line, no matter what combination Bruce Boudreau throws out on the ice, can continue to produce points for the Ducks. It was late in the game against Edmonton when the first line finally got on the scoresheet. Hopefully they can dominate this game and provide a much more physical presence.
This may look like just another road game, but the Ducks will have to prove that they can keep their composure against a team that has historically been a pain in the team's side. Joe Louis Arena has not been a friendly place for the Ducks, or any other team, during the regular season. This game will show if the Ducks can take advantage of a weakened team and continue their steady play.
Fearless Prediction: The NHL reveals that moving the Red Wings to the East for realignment was just a scheme to keep the team in the playoffs.
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