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Ducks @ Red Wings PREVIEW & GAMETHREAD: Goodbye Old Joe

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Anaheim heads to Detroit to say their final goodbyes to Joe Louis Arena. The Ducks face a Red Wings team mired in a four-game losing streak.

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GAME #32

Anaheim Ducks @ Detroit Red Wings

Saturday December 17th, 2016 4:00 PM PST

Joe Louis Arena

TV: PRIME

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Winging It In Motown

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We're trying a little something new today, combining the preview and gamethread. Please enjoy this little gem while we say "so long" to Joe Louios Arena.

Today is Anaheim's only visit on the Joe Louis Arena Goodbye Tour. While "The Joe" has been a house of horrors for the Ducks nearly their entire history, it will be sad to say goodbye to such a legendary and historical building.

While Anaheim's pre-Christmas roadie started on a sour note with the 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Stars, the Ducks got back in the win column Thursday afternoon against the Bruins. An exciting affair that even saw 3 goals scored in less that a minute ended in a 4-3 win for the Ducks. While parking the bus in the 3rd period isn't the best strategy, Anaheim has shown they are quite adept at holding a lead considering their 12-0-0 record when leading going into the third period. I would look for Anaheim to attempt to get out to an early lead against the Red Wings today. Any energy that Anaheim can save today will pay off in the back-to-back they will play in Toronto and Montreal starting Monday.

At the other end of the ice, the Red Wings have lost four in a row. Scoring no more than on goal in their last four games, Detroit needs to find some sort of offense if they don't want to streak to grow to five. Jimmy Howard will be the starter in net for Detroit and could be a catlyst for this team. While his 5-7-0 record isn't turning any heads, Howards 1.95 GAA and .934 SV% are both top-10 in the league. Some big saves from Howard combined with the #6 ranked penalty kill just might be the spark that Detroit needs to get things going.

Players to Watch

ANA

Jonathan Bernier - Bernier gets his first back-to-back start for Anaheim. While his GAA and SV% took a hit from the Calgary game 2 weeks ago, Bernier's 6-2 record is still impressive.

Rickard Rakell - With a goal against the Bruins on Thursday, Rakell is again tied for the Ducks goal-scoring lead with Ryan Kesler. Raks twelve goals to this point would give him nearly 50 goals in a full 82-game season. Blows my mind.

DET

Jimmy Howard - As I mentioned earlier, Howard has played really well this year despite his record. A continued lack of offense in front of the Detroit netminder could hurt his record again today but I still expect him to be a thorn in the side of the Anaheim forwards today.

Henrik Zetterberg - The elder statesman of the Red Wings, Henrik is Detroit's leading scorer (6-14-20) at the ripe old age of 36. While he may have lost a few steps over the years, Zetterberg is playing well this year and will likely continue to be a Duck killer until he retires.

Numbers for Nerds

While Anaheim has won their last three regular season games at "The Joe," the Ducks hold a 13-40-3 all-time regular season record in Detroit. Anaheim might not be too bummed the lay these demons to rest.

Poll

Simple: Does Anaheim get a W in their last game in the historic Joe Louis Arena?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Yes
    (10 votes)
  • 54%
    No
    (12 votes)
22 votes total Vote Now