Scouting report: Red Wings vs. Ducks

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The Ducks have two capable starters in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, neither one by himself is better than Howard, but the Ducks get the edge because if one goalie gets hurt, there’s no worry about the transition to the other. Advantage: Ducks. Special teams The Ducks’ power play converted at a 21.5% rate, among the best in the NHL. The bevy of talented forwards, along with a guy like Sheldon Souray on the point, gives them a lot of potency. The Wings’ power play finished 15th in the NHL at 18.4%, but that unimpressive numbers reflects how poorly they started the season and not how good the power play was the last month. On the penalty kill, the teams are pretty much even. Advantage: Even. Fresh factor It’s old hat for the Wings to travel three time zones for the playoffs, but the past six weeks really have been grueling. Detroit has gone to Western Canada twice, and spent four games spread out over California and Phoenix. That’s a lot of miles even on guys who know better than most how to deal with jet lag. The Ducks spent most of April at home, and when they did travel it was to Western Canada, with at most one time-zone difference. Advantage: Ducks. source:

Anaheim Ducks earn 3-1 win over Detroit Red Wings

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Daniel Cleary converted at 16:05 of the first on assists by Kindl and Patrick Eaves. ”The playoffs are a new season. It doesn’t really matter what you did before,“ Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg said. ”It’s the first to four (wins). They got the first one, we’ll regroup tomorrow and look forward to Game 2.“ The teams play Thursday at Honda Center. NOTES: The clubs are meeting for the sixth time in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Detroit holds a 3-2 edge. The Red Wings captured a seven-game series in 2009, the last time they met the Ducks in the postseason. With the exception of Dallas vs. Edmonton and Buffalo vs. Philadelphia, no two teams have met more in the postseason than Anaheim and Detroit. Kindl, Brendan Smith and Danny DeKeyser of the Red Wings are performing in the playoffs for the first time. source:

NHL: Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild both progress

Detroit shutout the Dallas Stars as they claimed a 3-0 win with two goals from Henrik Zetterberg and a marker from Jonathan Ericsson. The Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 with goals from Zach Parise, Devin Setoguchi and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Ryan O’Reilly responded for Colorado. Columbus were also 3-1 winners over the Nashville Predators despite going behind to a second-period goal from Shea Weber. Goals from Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson handed them the win but it was to prove in vain. Elsewhere in the West, the St Louis Blues beat the Conference winning Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 to seal fourth place. The Blues will face the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings in the first round of the play-offs after the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Elsewhere in the West the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 while the Edmonton Oilers won the Battle of Alberta with a 7-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. In the Eastern Conference the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in a battle of two teams who had already made the post-season. The two teams could meet again in the play-offs if the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. The New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0 thanks to goals from Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and brace from Rick Nash. They will now face Washington in round one after the Capitals lost 3-2 to the Bruins. source:

Ducks take Game 1 from Red Wings

Check out the first-round results and schedules for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs . ”There was not enough thrown at Hiller, for sure,” Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. ”There were a lot of times that we turned the puck over in the wrong area. They’re a really good team over there, so we have to do a good job of protecting the puck in our own zone.” The Ducks went ahead midway through the first period when Bonino scored 3 seconds into a power play, tipping Cam Fowler ‘s point shot past Howard for his first career playoff goal. Detroit evened it later in the period with a power-play goal just 4 seconds after a two-man advantage expired, with Cleary getting credit for his 21st career playoff goal after it apparently deflected off him. Selanne put the Ducks back ahead after a scoreless second period. Detroit pressed in the final minutes, but Beauchemin wrapped it up with an exceptional empty-net goal, shooting the puck from just outside Anaheim’s goal crease. NOTES: Detroit’s playoff streak is the longest active run in North American pro sports. … The franchises are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time in 16 years. … After the Ducks knocked off top-seeded San Jose in 2009, Detroit beat eighth-seeded Anaheim in the second round on the way to the Stanley Cup finals. source:

NHL Playoff Odds, Start Time Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks

Howard is going to have to play well the entire series if the Red Wings are going to be able to hang around in this one. The game-winning goal scored against him early in the third period by Teemu Selanne was pretty much an unstoppable shot. Henrik Zetterberg knows his team is going to need to play better offensively in tonight’s game. The Wings scored their only goal on the power play last game and if they are able to have an advantage during full strength, they can steal tonight’s game. Playoff series’ in the NHL don’t usually “start” until a home team loses. If Anaheim wins tonight’s contest and takes a 2-0 lead, the Red Wings shouldn’t freak out or get discouraged. Saku Koivu was able to slow down the offensive motions of Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in the opener, which hand-cuffed the Red Wings. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller played like a monster in Game 1. He made several key saves against the Red Wings and if he is able to continue to play at a high level against a team that is going to get quite a few shots on goal, the Ducks are in a good spot. Yet in tonight’s game we like the Red Wings to come out and put pressure on Anaheim the whole game. source:

Detroit Red Wings extend playoff streak to 22 years in shutout victory over Stars

Zetterberg scored twice in the Red Wings’ 3-0 win over Minnesota — early, on an incredible individual effort that resulted in the puck bouncing home… Via Detroit4lyfe  |  6 days ago If you need to know how the Red Wings can clinch a berth to their 22nd straight playoffs, it has been presented to us succinctly by The Detroit News:  *Earn at least one point in Dallas on Saturday, ending regulation time with a tie. *If Columbus loses at home Saturday against Nashville, the Red Wings will make the playoffs regardless of what they do in Dallas. *If the… Via The Detroit Sports Site  |  5 days ago The Detroit Red Wings clinched a playoff berth on Saturday night and will open the 2013 playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks. The NHL is expected to release the complete playoff schedule on Sunday, though the Wings and Ducks figure to open Tuesday. We’ll update the schedule as it become available. Game 1, TBD: Detroit at Anaheim Game 2, TBD: Detroit at Anaheim Game 3, TBD: Anaheim… Red Wings-Ducks Round 1 playoff preview Via Fox Sports Detroit  |  4 days ago The Detroit Red Wings needed a late finishing kick but not only made the playoffs for the 22nd straight season, they catapulted into seventh in the Western Conference. It’s only fitting that in their last season in the West that the Wings would have to head to the west coast to play the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the first round. source:


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