Date: Tuesday, January 15th
Time: 5:30 PT / 8:30 ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena
TV: PRIME, NHL app (Free Game)
The Anaheim Ducks are in completely uncharted water. They’re on a record 11-game losing streak, stuck with a coach who has all but lost the locker room, introducing a new player while losing a seasoned veteran of the team, and they’ll be on the road for another week. Miraculously enough however, if the Ducks get a win they’ll move back into a playoff spot.
The Detroit Red Wings is the team next on the list for Anaheim to have a chance against whom to end their skid. Detroit sits third to last in the East and had gone 2-6-2 in their previous ten games. It’s the perfect situation for the Ducks to get a W (pay no mind to their game against the Senators last week).
Keys to the Game
Don’t Listen to Carlyle. It’s becoming increasingly more likely that Randy Carlyle is with this team through the end of the season. He’s at least with the Ducks until the All-Star break. So one key to winning will be for the Ducks to ignore Carlyle as a coach and try to tweak their game to make it work for them.
Get Raks and Getz on the ice often. With Rickard Rakell returning to the Ducks lineup his chemistry with Ryan Getzlaf was re-sparked. As the Duck’s best goal-scorer and play-maker, they are the key to driving Anaheim’s offense.
Player to Watch For
Not very surprising here, but the player to watching is newcomer Devin Shore. Acquired by the Ducks on Monday, in exchange for beloved Andrew Cogliano, it will be interesting to see what Shore can bring to the table. Currently listed on the third line wing, it’s unlikely that he’ll jump off the page and wow anyone, but maybe he finds chemistry with his new line-mates and helps the Ducks win a game this month (or this season).
Andrew Cogliano was the first victim of the Ducks’ losing streak, and he was one of the most loved players on the team. Who knows who will fall next if the Ducks can’t figure out how to win a game.