NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 22nd (All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (14-11-5) at Anaheim Ducks (22-3-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Even falling behind against the top team in the NHL wasn't enough to slow down the red-hot Anaheim Ducks at home. That doesn't bode well for the Detroit Red Wings, who will get two shots at ending the Ducks' franchise-record home winning streak.
The Ducks and Red Wings will meet at the Honda Center twice over the next three days, with the first encounter set for Friday night.
Anaheim brings into this meeting a 13-game winning streak as the hosting club. It hasn't lost at home since a 5-0 setback versus the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 25 and has now matched the second-longest home winning streak in the league since the 2009-10 season.
Current Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau saw his Washington Capitals also win 13 straight at home during the 2010-11 season, while the Red Wings set an NHL record by winning 23 straight at home during the 2011-12 campaign.
The Ducks also bring an impressive 12-game point streak (9-0-3) into Friday's encounter, a run that was extended with Wednesday's 4-2 rally over the league- leading Chicago Blackhawks.
Peter Holland scored in the first period for Anaheim, but Chicago answered with a short-handed goal in the frame and a power-play marker in the second to take a lead into the final period.
The Ducks showed their resilience, getting the tying goal from Bobby Ryan with 5:27 left and the winner by Teemu Selanne just over a minute later before Sheldon Souray sealed the outcome with an empty-net goal.
"It's always big when you win, especially like this kind of game," said Selanne. "I don't think we played that well. I was a little disappointed. But it was a good win again. The third period has been our best period the whole season, and we gained two (points) again."
Ryan Getzlaf assisted on tying and winning goals to extend his career-high home point streak to 12 games, with seven goals and 15 assists in that span.
Jonas Hiller posted 22 saves and also had an assist in the win, which pulled the Ducks to within three points of the Blackhawks for the most in the NHL. Anaheim also leads the Los Angeles Kings by 12 points for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Ducks went 3-0-1 over four games without Corey Perry, who wrapped up his suspension on Wednesday night for an illegal hit versus the Minnesota Wild on March 12. Perry is second on the Ducks with 24 points.
Anaheim continues a five-game homestand with back-to-back games versus Detroit before ending the stay on Monday in the opener of a home-and-home series with the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks have won four of six and eight of their last 12 at home versus the Red Wings.
Detroit comes in having lost four of six overall and seventh in the Western Conference. However, that is only two points ahead of the ninth-place Dallas Stars.
The Red Wings had a two-game win streak halted on Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to the Wild. Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller supplied the offense for the Red Wings, while Jimmy Howard allowed all four goals on just 19 shots in defeat.
"We weren't good enough tonight," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "That's really the only way to look at it. We weren't good enough and they were on their game."
Following a one-game stay at home, the Red Wings will play their next four as the visiting club and are also set to play in Phoenix and San Jose. They are just 5-6-2 as the road club this season.
The Red Wings have won six of their last nine versus the Ducks, but did drop a 5-2 home decision on Feb. 15 in the first of three regular-season meetings. The two clubs traded goals in the second period before the Ducks snapped a 2-2 tie in third as Ryan and Andrew Cogliano scored 48 seconds apart early in the third.
Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson both had a goal and an assist for Detroit, while Howard took the loss despite 32 saves.
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