GameDay: Detroit @ Anaheim

Posted: 03/14/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Trending: Two slumping teams stagger into Honda Center for a match tonight. The Wings problems of late can be chalked up to injury as Pavel Datsyuk, Nik Lidstrom, Todd Bertuzzi and Jonathon Ericsson are out of the lineup. Datsyuk had been targeting a March 13 return following arthroscopic knee surgery in February. He’s reportedly skating with the team and may be a game time decision. Lidstrom is definitely out until at least Saturday according to this report from the Detroit News.
Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa are listed as day-to-day.
Detroit has outscored our Ducks 11-3 while taking all 3 previous games this season. Ducks are playing to avoid the skunk.

The Skinny: Surprisingly, our Ducks special teams are slightly better statistically than the Red Wings. The nut is that the Wings are better than half a goal per game better ES. The latter, ES play, is a huge factor especially considering that our Ducks have been offensively challenged outside of an all too brief 25 game spurt in January and February. There you have the key to this game. Ducks have to shut the Wings down when playing five on five.
With Lidstrom out look for Coach Babcock to try to get Niklas Kronwall out against Ryan Getzlaf.

  1. czhokej says:

    I must say that yesterday the Kings were better team against the depleted Wings.

  2. Almost dead on my feet, well butt actually. Way2be at our Ducks for shooting the skunk and shutting out the Wings 4-0. It was a one eye on the game as I was finishing up work and somehow surviving a section of the hard drive going AWOL.

  3. czhokej says:

    Good game. Palmiery demonstrated what most of Ducks players did not do this season – attacking the net. He made the absence of Corey Perry unnoticeable. Getzlaf had a good game, Hiller again played really well. Banged up and tired Detroit still put up respectable fight.
    Why we play solid game one day and then the next day we perform poorly?

  4. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Good team effort tonight against a depleted Detroit team… I find it interesting that Detroit’s seems to have these injuries season after season just prior to the playoffs…what is the odds that Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Howard would be out at the same time…perhaps Detroit is smarter than we think. I’m sure they will be ready for the playoffs.

  5. bbdux93 says:

    This is sort of a “left turn” on the topic of this post.

    For a long time I posted comments on the OCR Ducks blog and was often disappointed that the conversation between fans that supported other teams was hostile, became personal and at the very least, rude. One of the things that sets this sport apart from most other sports is the players shaking of hands following a game at the conference and Cup level. The message is – at least for me – good sportsmanship is something more valuable than the final score.

    I have often seen or heard unpleasant exchanges between fans and while it may be understandable in the moment, it does not speak to the better aspects of one’s character.

    Where I sat there were many Detroit fans in attendance last night and few examples of poor sportsmanship. It speaks well of anyone if they can rise above the urge to say anything that would be heard as a “so there” comment when their team is winning.

    And now I’ll get down off my “soap box”. 🙂

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