No Gordon Bombay, knucklepucks, or flying V's in tonight's game unfortunately. I still miss the days they were the Mighty Ducks instead of just the Ducks. At least the times Detroit lost to them, I could imagine Emilio Estevez arguing with the Iceland coach--which, by the way, when was the last time Iceland was relevant in the Olympics?--instead of Chris Pronger slamming Tomas Holmstrom's head into the glass. But anyway, getting back to tonight's game, this will be a relatively short post since these guys met not too long ago.
Detroit won its last game out, a 4-1 win over the
Hamilton BlackberriesPhoenix Coyotes. Two of the goals came off of Nicklas Lidstrom shots deflected by Tomas Holmstrom and Jimmy Howard had a near perfect night; only beaten once and on a goal that was nearly impossible for him to do anything about.
- Last time these two met, Todd Bertuzzi (of all people) had a two goal night to put the Wings over the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Bertuzzi netted one off of Giguere in the third and then roofed a shot in overtime from very close range for a win.
- Anaheim was thrashed last time out by the Blackhawks by a score of 5-2. Chicago scored 3 third period goals in the win before letting up two late-game goals to the Ducks. Anaheim Calling is your SBNation source for news relating to the Ducks.
- Right now, these Ducks aren't the same ones as the Wings saw last year in the playoffs. Simply put the difference is Chris Pronger. As much as I, and 90% of fans, hate him, he is a great defender and knows how to knock teams off their game. The Ducks just don't have that same style in their play this year and its showing in the standings.
- Jimmy Howard will start in net tonight. Sixth straight start for Jimmah, and why not? He's proving he can keep this watered-down Wings team in the game night in and night out.
Henrik Zetterberg has apparently talked a bit about returning tonight but in all reality, it will be Thursday. And it should be Thursday, no reason to rush him in again against a very physical team.
After the jump, we'll look at the major matchups and storylines for the game plus the tentative lines.
Lines (from Khan of Mlive.com):
Enjoy the game, folks. I wish I could watch it and join in in the game thread but I am out of town and away from any source to do so.