2013 NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs Anaheim Ducks Series Preview

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The Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks will meet for the sixth time in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Detroit holding the 3-2 advantage so far. While the Ducks charged to the top of the Pacific Division standings after a woeful 2011-2012 season, the Red Wings qualified for the playoffs only in their final regular season game. Will the combination of Pavel Datsyuk & Henrik Zetterberg be able to fell these high-flying fowl?

Who to Boo?

The Nashville Predators have had their playoff battles with both these teams, but Detroit's standing as the Preds' top rival will probably carry the day with most folks. Just don't ever forget that Corey Perry is still a dork.

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Winging It In Motown vs. Anaheim Calling

The Stats

Detroit Red Wings Anaheim Ducks
Record 24-16-8 13th 30-12-6 3rd
GF/Game 2.54 19th 2.79 8th
GA/Game 2.29 5th 2.40 9th
5-on-5 SF/60 29.9 11th 26.8 26th
5-on-5 SA/60 27.7 11th 26.7 5th
Fenwick Close 53.92 5th 48.21 21st
5-on-5 Save % .932 2nd .928 4th
5-on-4 GF/60 6.4 14th 8.0 3rd
# of PP's/Gm 3.85 2nd 2.81 29th
4-on-5 GA/60 6.4 15th 6.5 16th
# of PK's/Gm 3.42 19th 3.38 16th

The Red Wings are the superior puck possession team, and that's where their best hope lies, in playing keep-away from the Ducks' top scorers. Interestingly, Anaheim converts at a high rate on the power play, but they don't draw many penalties from their opponents, putting pressure on them to produce in the opportunities they do get.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit barely managed to keep their 22-year playoff appearance streak rolling despite the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and free agent departure of Brad Stuart, which left their defense awfully thin. The late-season addition of college free agent Dan DeKeyser has helped shore things up on the blueline, as the rookie is already playing 18 minutes a night including significant work on the penalty kill. Will the stable of Ducks snipers be able to give the NCAA standout a real schooling?


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Danny DeKeyser

#65 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings

6-3

190

Mar 07, 1990



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2012 - Danny DeKeyser 11 0 1 1 +4 2 0 0 0 15 0.0

Anaheim Ducks

The amazing story in Anaheim this year had to do with the debut of 30-year-old rookie goaltender Viktor Fasth, who adjusted to North American hockey remarkably well and earned himself a two-year contract extension after winning his first 8 starts. Did they jump the gun, however, rushing to the altar too quickly with their new-found keeper?

Record Save % GAA
Before Extension 8-0-0 .933 1.78
After Extension 7-6-2 .914 2.42

At least the Ducks aren't solely relying on Fasth, as they still have Jonas Hiller in the fold, who is capable of leading the way all by himself:


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

194

Feb 12, 1982



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Jonas Hiller 26 1498 15 6 4 59 2.36 675 616 .913 1

OTF Staff Picks

Picks Winner Comment
Dirk Detroit This could be the most entertaining series of the first round.
Sam Detroit Tootoo repeats his 2011 performance against the still-shaky Ducks D.
Caroline Anaheim The Ducks did very well, very quietly this season, while Detroit struggled all year and barely made the playoffs. Ducks win it.
Jonathan Detroit Much of Anaheim's success came early, while the opposite holds true for Detroit. It should be a long series, and the biggest upset of Round 1.
Chris Anaheim The Wings blueline continues to be a conern, though Jimmy Howard has been a stud in net. Could be a toss up, but I am going to go Ducks in 7. These two teams are very familiar with each other in the playoffs. Going to be the most entertaining first round series.
George Anaheim The Wings barely limped in this year. They're a talented group, but Jimmy Howard has been much less consistent than the Ducks, who'll take this in 5.
Jason Anaheim This Wings team was good enough to sneak in, just not much else. Ducks in 6.

Red Wings vs Ducks Series Schedule

Date Time (CTL) Location TV
Tuesday, April 30 9:30 p.m. Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN
Thursday, May 2 9:00 p.m. Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, May 4 6:30 p.m. Detroit NBC Sports Network, TSN
Monday, May 6 7:00 p.m. Detroit CNBC, TSN
*Wednesday, May 8 9:00 p.m. Anaheim TSN
*Friday, May 10 TBD Detroit TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Anaheim TSN

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