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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Ducks

10:30p ET, Honda Center

Anaheim, CA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling

Help us Steve Ott. You’re our only hope.

If you haven’t noticed lately, the Red Wings power play is a steaming pile of horse crap. They’re last in the league at 11.7%. In the believe it or not category, the Wings haven’t scored a power play goal on the road since October 19th when Thomas Vanek netted one at Madison Square Garden. That’s insane.

So how do you fix the power play?

Enter Steve Ott.

Not going to lie. This is stupid. But screw it, I guess. The Red Wings are near the bottom of the standings. The power play is already dead last. We’ve clearly reached the point of the season where Jeff Blashill is throwing shit against the wall and hoping something sticks (FYI Jeff, hope is not a strategy).

And while we are all rolling our eyes at Ott on the power play, let’s not miss the fact that the other new unit consists of 5 forwards.


It’s not like we have any real offensive defensemen with Mike Green still out. All I know is I’m really looking forward to see what zany thing Blashill does next!

Detroit Expected Lineup


Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Gus Nyquist Frans Nielsen Thomas Vanek
Riley Sheahan Dylan Larkin Luke Glendening
Steve Ott Andreas Athanasiou Drew Miller


Danny DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson Xavier Ouellet
Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith


Jared Coreau
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Ryan Sproul, Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Mike Green, Jimmy Howard, Alexey Marchenko, Darren Helm & Justin Abdelkader

Anaheim Expected Lineup


Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie Ryan Getzlaf Ondrej Kase
Rickard Rakell Antoine Vermette Corey Perry
Joseph Cramarossa Logan Shaw Brandon Montour


Cam Fowler Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer Bevin Kieksa


John Gibson
Jonathan Bernier


Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. 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. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

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