Preview: Ducks host Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks try to extend franchise-record 13-game home winning streak as Detroit Red Wings visit
The Anaheim Ducks attempt to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 14 games when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday in the opener of a two-game set.
Anaheim, which trails the Chicago Blackhawks by three points in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, dropped its home opener to the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 25 but since has been perfect at the Honda Center.
The Ducks improved to 2-0-0 on their five-game homestand Wednesday as Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne scored 64 seconds apart late in the third period to erase a deficit and lift the club to 4-2 triumph over Chicago.
Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-2 home setback to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday as it begins a four-game road trip. It was the first regulation loss to Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena in over seven years for the Red Wings, who had gone 10-0-3 at home against the Wild since Jan. 3, 2006. Detroit is just 5-6-2 on the road but has won two straight away from home.
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ABOUT THE RED WINGS (14-11-5): Detroit will receive some moral support as injured right wing Todd Bertuzzi has joined the team on its road trip. The veteran has not played since Feb. 7 due to a sore back. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall averted a suspension as the NHL deemed his hit on Minnesota's Charlie Coyle on Wednesday legal. Many believe the blue-liner was targeting Coyle's head. Kronwall did clip Coyle up high with his stick on the play, earning a four-minute penalty.
"I did feel like I didn't hit him clean; I just missed him," Kronwall told the Detroit Times. "I don't know if I got his shoulder or something like that, or half of him, or whatever."
ABOUT THE DUCKS (22-3-4): In addition to its home winning streak, Anaheim enters Friday with a stretch of 12 consecutive overall games with a point (9-0-3). Both runs have a good chance of continuing as Corey Perry returns to the lineup after serving his four-game suspension for an illegal hit on Minnesota's Jason Zucker on March 12. Despite missing time, Perry is second on the team in scoring behind captain Ryan Getzlaf with 24 points.
Selanne's goal against Chicago was his 107th career game-winner, putting him two behind Brendan Shanahan for fifth place on the all-time list. It also was 1,425th point, tying him with Bryan Trottier for 15th in NHL history. He trails Stan Mikita by two for 14th place.
1. The Ducks have won five of their last seven home meetings with the Red Wings.
2. Getzlaf has recorded two points in each of his last two games. He was kept off the scoresheet in his previous three contests, a drought that followed a run of 19 points in 10 matches.
3. Detroit dropped a 5-2 decision to Anaheim at home on Feb. 15.