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Thursday, August 6, 2020

GAMEDAY: Red Wings playing Ducks on historic night for franchises

The Detroit Red Wings are still seeking their first win of the 2018-19 season. They’ll look to improve to 1-1-1 on the season tonight against the 2-0-0 Anaheim Ducks. (10:00pm ET) But tonight is a different night for more than one reason.

Not only is tonight the home opener for the Ducks’ regular season, there’s also history afoot this evening. 25 years ago to the day, the Ducks also played the Red Wings in their first game ever on home ice as a franchise.

The Red Wings have released their projected lineup for tonight’s game against the Ducks. As expected, the only lineup changes are Jimmy Howard starting in net, and Joe Hicketts cycling in for an injured Trevor Daley. They’ve also paired Dennis Cholowski on the top defensive pairing with Danny DeKeyser to make room for Hicketts on the second pairing with Filip Hronek.

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Detroit has played from behind for far more than they’d like so far this season. The young Red Wings team will look to score early and play the lead as long as possible. Look for young guns Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha to come out shooting.



MUST SEE! Belfast Giants player attempts creative “pants goal”, has it disallowed [VIDEO]

When you’re a long-time hockey fan, especially at the NHL level, you see some crazy, sometimes creative stuff. Goals scored off the netting over the boards. Center-ice shots that sneak past the goaltender. Even players scoring on their own net on a delayed power play. But this attempted play by Belfast Giants player Patrick Dwyer must take the cake. It has been dubbed the “pants goal”, and for good reason.

Dwyer is a 35 year-old former NHL player, with a 14-year professional career, playing parts of seven season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Giants, of the EIHL, were playing against Milton Keynes Lightning, and had a commanding 4-0 lead. Regardless of this, the team was still pushing as if they were tied. Dwyer, as the net-front guy, screened the goaltender as teammate Darcy Murphy shot from the right circle.

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Nathan Webb
Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)

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