Round 1 Game 2: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks

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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks

Venue: Honda Center; Anaheim, CA

Time: 10:00 PM EST

Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network

Series- Anaheim leads 1-0

 

The Detroit Red Wings hoped that they would be able to carry over the momentum they gained from the final four games of the regular season to the first round of the playoffs. The effort put forth in game one by the Red Wings showed that was not the case. The Red Wings try to get back on track when they try to tie this series at one game apiece  against the Anaheim Ducks for game two of this best of seven series.

The Red Wings were not able to do the things in game one that had made them successful down the stretch in the regular season. The offense once again was no where to be found and the penalty kill that had been so successful down the stretch failed on two of the first four attempts in the playoffs. Those two factors led to a game one loss of 3-1 and a 1-0 series deficit. Anaheim was able to strike first in the game with a powerplay goal just four seconds after Jordin Tootoo went off for a cross check. The goal was credited to Nick Bonino which was his first career playoff goal. Detroit was able to tie it up four minutes later on their own powerplay when the puck deflected off of Dan Cleary. The Red Wings offense failed to score any more goals and only mustered 22 shots total on Jonas Hiller. Anaheim was able to add another powerplay goal 1:3o into the third period to take the lead and would add an empty net goal to put the nail in the coffin for the Red Wings in game one.

In order for the Red Wings to tie this series up tonight, it will be imperative for them to come out and dictate the play at the beginning of the game. They will need to fire more shots at Hiller from different angles. It will be important to take the Anaheim crowd out of the game early, and the best way to achieve that is a quick goal. With a Red Wings victory tonight, they will gain home ice advantage with three of the next five games coming at Joe Louis Arena.

Jimmy Howard will be in net again for the Red Wings in game two. After winning his final four games of the regular season while giving up only three goals total, Howard gave up three goals on 27 shots in game one. Howard will need to have a big game for the Red Wings tonight to avoid a 2-0 series deficit. Todd Bertuzzi will return to the Red Wings lineup for the first time since February 7th. He will be replacing Jordin Tootoo in the lineup. Mikael Samuelsson might be instered into the lineup tonight, but it will be a game time decision.

The Ducks will once again counter with Jonas Hiller in net after he gave up only one goal on 22 shots in game one. The victory was Hiller’s first of the season against the Red Wings, after he earned the loss in a 2-1 game back on March 24th.

Players To Watch:

Detroit:

  • Johan Franzen was one of the hottest players for the Red Wings down the stretch and he will need to find the scoring touch once again to help the Red Wings offense get more shots and goals on Hiller. Franzen is usually hot in the playoffs, so he could break out at any time.
  • Danny DeKeyser is playing top four defenseman minutes in his first playoffs ever after having only 12 games of experience in the NHL. It will be easy to frustrate a younger defenseman, so it will be important for him to keep his focus, especially when the Red Wings are facing deficits in games and series.

Anaheim:

  • Teemu Selanne scored his 42nd career post-season goal in game one as he shows no signs of slowing down. The Red Wings will need to contain him if they are to hold Anaheim off the board. Selanne is just another offensive weapon for the Ducks that the Red Wings will need to keep an eye on.
  • Cam Fowler provided the shot that Nick Bonino was able to tip in for the first goal of game one. The assist helped jump his stats up another tick as he has recorded five points (1 goal, four assists) in the last six games, regular season and playoffs combined.

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-Brett D’Angelo

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