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The last team to lose a playoff series to the Wings visits Detroit tonight.

Detroit Red Wings v Anaheim Ducks

When: 7:30 PM, Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI

TV: FS-D, PRIN

Radio: 97.1 FM // 1270 AM

Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling

Last weekend, the Red Wings had a 3-goal lead against the Islanders and the Capitals, then let their opponent tie the game and head to overtime. That was where time lines diverged. It was kind of like those G.I. Joe “Choose Your Own Adventure” books I read when I was a kid. You would live vicariously in the book as one of the Joe’s and inevitably choose to go left or right down a jungle path. Choose left, get eaten by crocodiles. Choose right, defeat Cobra and save America. Choose Nyquist, get pick-pocketed and become humiliated by the Islanders. Choose Tatar, say ta-ta to Braden Holtby and the Caps. (Trade insanity intensifies.)

Now, the Wings come home to take on the Anaheim Ducks. Everybody remember these guys? They were the worst. The absolute worst. Back when the Wings were in the West, we could lose to Chicago and it would suck, but my hate was tempered with some level of respect. But Anaheim got no quarter. Here’s to hoping for old time’s sake. To a game of cursing, high blood pressure, and screaming at the TV!

The Ducks find themselves mucking about in Western Conference for the last wild card spot with a half dozen other squads. They are trailing the currently trailing the Wild and Flames by one point. The Ducks were supposed to be better than this, but goal scoring from the Ducks’ dynamic duo has receded worse than Getzlaf’s hairline. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have a combined 18 goals between them over half way through the season! Still, they’ll be a desperate squad; this time of the season is the grind, and the Ducks are definitely playoff warriors with swagger. They know how to play hard this time of year. They left a point on the table Sunday night against the Sharks, so they’ll be looking to keep pace in the ultra-tight West against their old red-and-white rival.

Red Wings’ Projected Lines

Forwards

Nyquist - Zetterberg - Mantha
Tatar - Larkin - Athanasiou
Helm - Nielsen - Abdelkader
Frk - Glendening - Booth

Defense

Ericsson - Daley
Kronwall - Green
DeKeyser - Jensen

Goalies

Mrazek
Howard

Ducks’ Projected Lines

Forwards

Rakell - Getzlaf - Perry
Cogliano - Kesler - Silfverberg
Richie - Henrique - Kase
Wagner - Vermette - Brown

Defense

Lindholm - Manson
Fowler - Bieksa
Beauchemin - Montour

Goalies

Gibson
Miller

Gameday Prediction ContestGameday Prediction Contest

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!