Anaheim Ducks v Detroit Red Wings

With the playoffs on the horizon, I wanted to put together previews of each series, but more specifically, I wanted to put together the type of previews I’d want to read. Bite-sized, few stats, and little splash of opinion for seasoning. This is my attempt at providing that.

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2) Anaheim Ducks vs. 7) Detroit Red Wings

Head-to-Head in 2013: 2-1 Detroit

A stat: Henrik Zetterberg is riding a streak of four straight multi-point games.

Goal differentials: Anaheim +22, Detroit +9
Shots-per-game: Anaheim: 28.1 (21st), Detroit: 30.1 (10th)
Shots-against-per-game: Anaheim: 27.9 (9th), Detroit: 27.5 (7th)

Goalies:

DET: Jimmy Howard: .923 save percentage, 2.13 goals-against-average
ANA: Jonas Hiller: .913 save percentage, 2.36 goals-against-average
Viktor Fasth: .921 save percentage, 2.18 goals-against-average

Top scorers: 

DET: Pavel Datsyuk, 49 points in 47 games
ANA: Ryan Getzlaf, 49 points in 44 games

Reason to watch: There’s no shortage of offensive star power – Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Selanne, Datsyuk, Zetterberg – but also, we could be looking at an upset. After their hot start, the Ducks are limping into playoffs.

Lately: Ducks: 5-4-1, Red Wings: 5-2-3 (four straight wins)

Injuries (via NHL.com): “Darren Helm (back) and Drew Miller (finger) are out for the Red Wings, while Mikael Samuelsson (pectoral) and Todd Bertuzzi (back) are questionable. … Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower body) is questionable.”

News: Some of the older gents on the Ducks – Selanne, Koivu, Souray and so on – know this could be their last chance.

First game: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EST

Flippant barstool opinion: Upset potential, if you can call the Red Wings beating the Ducks an upset. Also, this is probably the series I’ll watch the least.

Closing thought:

My best hope for this series is that both team’s deficiencies, of which there are a few, come to the forefront and we see some defensive meltdowns and fun goals. In reality, I think Mike Babcock is going to coach a team with less talent past the Ducks because he’s one of the games foremost tacticians.

Prediction: Red Wings in six.

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