“Game of the Night” is a feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch the game below. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?
Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks
Detroit Red Wings: 14-11-5 (last 10: 5-3-2), 7th in West, 33 points
Anaheim Ducks: 22-3-4 (last 10: 7-0-3), 2nd in West, 48 points
It is a bleak, bleak night of NHL games. Flames and Blue Jackets – catch the fever!
Ducks won 5-2 in their only previous meeting. They’ve got each other back-to-back coming up.
Puck drop: 10:00 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* They’ve earned points in 12 straight, and are 15-1-3 in their last 19, which for the uninformed, is decent.
* Gustav Nyqvist, a pretty darn good prospect for the Wings, was called up for a game against the Wild this week, and scored his first NHL goal. He’s dressing again against the Ducks.
* Corey Perry returns from suspension tonight.
* Pavel Datsyuk has six points in his last five games.
* Getzlaf is on a bit of a roll too – 13 points in his last nine games.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
The Red Wings will be without defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Kyle Quincey (cheekbone), as well as forwards Darren Helm (back) and Todd Bertuzzi (back). Forward Patrick Eaves (jaw) is questionable. … Ducks forward Nick Bonino is questionable (flu).
Detroit: Jimmy Howard (unconfirmed)
Anaheim: Viktor Fasth (confirmed)
Viktor Fasth off the ice first for Ducks so he’ll get the start against the Red Wings.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 22, 2013
From DailyFaceoff.com: Viktor Fasth off the ice first for Ducks so he’ll get the start against the Red Wings.
Fasth allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 5-3 win over San Jose on Monday. He gets the start tonight vs. a Red WIngs team who are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Wednesday.
What I’m looking forward to:
With Corey Perry coming back, it’s a pretty star-studded game: Datsyuk, Selanne, Zetterberg, Perry, Ryan and Getzlaf. But to go with that, you have the Ducks trying to catch the presumed league-champion Blackhawks, the Red Wings needing every point they can get their hands on, and a lot of great young talent.
But more than anything, I’m looking forward to the Ducks victimizing the Red Wings porous D, so our trade deadline can be that much more fun. Guess what I’m picking below.
Ducks, man. I’m a believe.
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