Time: 7:30 PM ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena
TV: FS-D, PRIME
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM
Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling
The Wings showed a lot of character on Saturday night, bouncing back from a loss the night before to beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-2. Dylan Larkin called it the team’s most complete game of the season and Jeff Blashill was impressed.
Now, they have a chance to build off that as they host the reeling Anaheim Ducks. The ‘Quack Attack’ doesn’t seem to be flying in unison these days as they have gone winless since Dec. 17, having lost 11 straight games (0-7-4 in that span).
Looking for any kind of spark, the Ducks traded veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Devin Shore on Monday and he should slot into the third line.
Two players to keep an eye on in this matchup are Rickard Rakell for the Ducks — he’s been a lone bright spot with four points in the last five games. And, Tyler Bertuzzi, who exploded for a hat trick in Saturday’s win and now has four goals in his last five games.
These two teams have met 86 times with the Wings leading the all-time series 46-28-7-5.
The Wings got Mike Green back in the lineup last week and all signs point to another of their veteran defensemen returning to game action tonight...
#RedWings Blashill said he expects de la Rose to play tomorrow. Have to make sure of a few things before DeKeyser can play but he thinks there is a good chance he can play.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) January 14, 2019
Blashill shuffled things up in the bottom six during Monday’s practice, but again, expect Jacob de la Rose in the lineup. And, is anyone else feeling frustrated by Blashill’s continued insistence on leaving Niklas Kronwall on the powerplay? HELLO, FILIP HRONEK!
#RedWings power play units:— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 14, 2019
1. Kronwall (point), Nielsen, Cholowski (half walls), Larkin (bumper), Vanek (net front).
2. Green (point), Mantha, Nyquist (half walls), Athanasiou (bumper), Bertuzzi (net front).