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 2013 NHL Playoffs - Round 1 vs Ducks 
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Red Wings vs. Ducks: Who has the edge at each position?
10:52 AM, April 30, 2013

How do the Detroit Red Wings stack up against the Anaheim Ducks? Free Press sports writer Helene St. James takes a look:

Forwards
The Ryan Getzlaf group with Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan is big and mean and very, very skilled. The Wings will have their hands full with that line alone, but there’s good talent all the way down, with Kyle Palmieri and Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne; Selanne didn’t have a great second half, but he’s always dangerous with the puck in the playoffs. Andrew Coligiano heads a solid third line with Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik. The Wings can counter anyone with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and Johan Franzen is playing like his old playoff self, which is a huge relief for the team. Daniel Cleary brings net-front presence; one key for Detroit will be the play of Valtteri Filppula — will go inside and shoot and skate or will he be a perimeter nonfactor? There’s deft puck skill in Detroit’s third group with Gustav Nyquist and Damien Brunner, but can they, together with fellow rookie Joakim Andersson, rise to the level of playoff hockey — and maintain it? All in all, Anaheim has more depth.

Advantage: Ducks.

Defense
This was the weakest area for the Wings when the season began after losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The transformative growth of Jakub Kindl, the heads-up play of newcomer Danny DeKeyser, the development of Brendan Smith, played a significant role as the Wings surged through April. Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson form a very good top pairing, with Kronwall also a top contributor offensively. Smith and Quincey have some nice chemistry. There’s depth if needed, with Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brian Lashoff in reserve. The Ducks’ top pairing of Sheldon Souray and Francois Beauchemin brings it offensively as well, but after that, the talent drops off, though Windsor-native Cam Fowler, a first-rounder from 2010, is developing nicely. All in all, the Wings have more options and have been recharged with the addition of DeKeyser.

Advantage: Red Wings.

Goaltending
Jimmy Howard has been the Wings’ MVP say teammates, rightfully so as there have been dozens of periods where he has held them in games while they’ve sagged. He plays big in his net, and has shown a bad night doesn’t affect him in his next start, the kind of mental toughness it’s especially good to have in a goalie. Jonas Gustavsson struggled in his few outings, and hans’t played since March 31. The Ducks have two capable starters in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, neither one by himself is better than Howard, but the Ducks get the edge because if one goalie gets hurt, there’s no worry about the transition to the other.

Advantage: Ducks.

Special teams
The Ducks’ power play converted at a 21.5% rate, among the best in the NHL. The bevy of talented forwards, along with a guy like Sheldon Souray on the point, gives them a lot of potency. The Wings’ power play finished 15th in the NHL at 18.4%, but that unimpressive numbers reflects how poorly they started the season and not how good the power play was the last month. On the penalty kill, the teams are pretty much even.

Advantage: Even.

Fresh factor
It’s old hat for the Wings to travel three time zones for the playoffs, but the past six weeks really have been grueling. Detroit has gone to Western Canada twice, and spent four games spread out over California and Phoenix. That’s a lot of miles even on guys who know better than most how to deal with jet lag. The Ducks spent most of April at home, and when they did travel it was to Western Canada, with at most one time-zone difference.

Advantage: Ducks.

X-factor
The Ducks have sat in second place in the West all along, looking up only at Chicago in the standings. The Wings have had to play playoff-intense hockey for the past month to make sure they didn’t go down with the regular season.

Advantage: Red Wings.

Contact Helene St. James: 313-222-2295 or hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames.

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April 30th, 2013, 2:32 pm
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Helene St. James: Determination, hard work could lead Red Wings to series upset vs. Ducks
Wings riding wave of momentum, feeling hopeful about pulling a first-round upset

April 30, 2013

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — The message was simple: Get into the playoffs, and anything can happen.

A hundred days after general manager Ken Holland sent the Red Wings into the regular season with that directive, they exited having accomplished the first.

Now, anything really can happen. The Wings enter the playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference and begin their Stanley Cup campaign tonight at Honda Center when they take on the Anaheim Ducks in Game1 of the best-of-seven series.

“If you’re not a believer in that all you’ve got to do is get in and you have a chance to win,” Daniel Cleary said Monday, “you’re obviously not looking at the big picture, and the past.

“We don’t go into it as a huge underdog, quite frankly. We think we’re a good team.”

It was only last year that the Los Angeles Kings crept into the playoffs with the eighth seed in the West and 16 victories later did a conga line with the Cup. Almost every year, a low seed does damage, upending the order and leaving at least one top team shamefaced.

The Wings got the worst of the travel out of all the playoff series, which they’re used to, but they also drew an opponent they certainly can best. Never mind what happened in SoCal when the Wings played here twice in March and won both times; regular season doesn’t equate success in the playoffs.

What should buoy the Wings is how they played the last five games of the regular season; most of April, really.

“It feels like we’re on the right track, no doubt,” Niklas Kronwall said. “Feels like defensively, we’ve sharpened up, not given us as many easy goals as we did for a bit. Anaheim is a really good team. They’ve got pretty much size and speed. It’s going to be a tight, tough match-up for us.”

If making it to the playoffs was hard, making it through them is Herculean. “We need to play like, every battle we try to win,” Pavel Datsyuk said. “Health and luck,” Henrik Zetterberg said when asked what it takes to go deep into the playoffs, echoing what every player who has been there has said.

Injuries can’t be controlled; luck, it’s partly fate, partly doing the right things to be in a position to take advantage of good fortune. What the Wings can control is how hard they play. Zetterberg and Datsyuk deliver. Kronwall delivers. Jimmy Howard delivers. They’re leaders on the team.

What’s likely to be the biggest difference this series is how Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula play. At their best, on a line with net-front pest Cleary, they are better than what the Ducks can offer in retaliation. It hinges on Franzen.

“We’ve seen it in the past how good he really can be,” Kronwall said. “When he gets on a roll, it’s tough to stop. He’s one of those players that really thrives in big games.”

Coach Mike Babcock said he plans to use the same lines that carried the Wings to four straight victories down the stretch. On the eve of the playoffs, he reiterated again that there’s been more growth on this team than any he’s coached since he came to Detroit. There’s also more questions, because of how many young players are among the regulars.

This is the funnest time of the year for hockey, in large part because the NHL playoffs are so unpredictable. A team can tower all regular season, and still topple. And a team can clinch in the last game of the regular season, enter the playoffs, and triumph.

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Nice to get the win last night, tho it should've never went to OT.

Series is tied 1-1 heading to Hockeytown.

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Go Wings!

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Welp, they screwed the pooch on Sat and lost Abbey for 2 games too. Let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to march on and win in convincing fashion tonight.

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Welp, they screwed the pooch on Sat and lost Abbey for 2 games too. Let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to march on and win in convincing fashion tonight.

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Big Bert is playing again tonight, that should be a huge lift.


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TheRealWags wrote:
Welp, they screwed the pooch on Sat and lost Abbey for 2 games too. Let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to march on and win in convincing fashion tonight.

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Big Bert is playing again tonight, that should be a huge lift.
Agreed.
Any chance his contract is up this year? The dood was good, but he's too injuried lately to be taking up roster & salary cap space.

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wjb21ndtown wrote:
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Welp, they screwed the pooch on Sat and lost Abbey for 2 games too. Let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to march on and win in convincing fashion tonight.

Go Wings!!! headbang.gif



Big Bert is playing again tonight, that should be a huge lift.
Agreed.
Any chance his contract is up this year? The dood was good, but he's too injuried lately to be taking up roster & salary cap space.


His contract is up this year, but he only made $2M, $4M over the last two years. IMO he was worth it. Maybe his back is too shot to keep playing, but he's a $4.5M guy. If we can get him on a discount, even if he has to sit here and there, IMO it's worth it to keep him around. This team all of the sudden needs vets like him in the lineup.

Franzen is the heartless wonder... I don't know what his deal is. He's constantly flailing around the ice, laying on his backside, and not getting anything done. He's signed thru 2019 at $4M per. That contract is killing us.

On top of that Datsuk has said that he wants to retire after this year, when his contract is up. He's 35 and wants to go back to Russia. Hank is going to be our only legitimate "star," and IMO even his play is declining. He doesn't play with as much heart as he used to.

Maybe we can trade for Suter or Parise after Minny gets into financial trouble. There's no way they can afford to keep those guys.


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wjb21ndtown wrote:
TheRealWags wrote:
wjb21ndtown wrote:
TheRealWags wrote:
Welp, they screwed the pooch on Sat and lost Abbey for 2 games too. Let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to march on and win in convincing fashion tonight.

Go Wings!!! headbang.gif

Big Bert is playing again tonight, that should be a huge lift.
Agreed.
Any chance his contract is up this year? The dood was good, but he's too injuried lately to be taking up roster & salary cap space.

His contract is up this year, but he only made $2M, $4M over the last two years. IMO he was worth it. Maybe his back is too shot to keep playing, but he's a $4.5M guy. If we can get him on a discount, even if he has to sit here and there, IMO it's worth it to keep him around. This team all of the sudden needs vets like him in the lineup.

Franzen is the heartless wonder... I don't know what his deal is. He's constantly flailing around the ice, laying on his backside, and not getting anything done. He's signed thru 2019 at $4M per. That contract is killing us.

On top of that Datsuk has said that he wants to retire after this year, when his contract is up. He's 35 and wants to go back to Russia. Hank is going to be our only legitimate "star," and IMO even his play is declining. He doesn't play with as much heart as he used to.

Maybe we can trade for Suter or Parise after Minny gets into financial trouble. There's no way they can afford to keep those guys.
Granted I haven't watch too many games this season, but I don't recall Bert playing in many (any?) of them other than Game 2. BTW he's 38..might be time for him to hang 'em up, especially considering the back injury.

Hmm, didn't hear that about Datsyuk; that stinks if he'll retire...or maybe its a bargaining chip....

They do have Brunner now, who should do well once he gets the NHL game down a bit more.

The entire team seems a bit flat and have for the past couple of seasons....basically since Stevie retired. Maybe there's a bigger leadership hole / gap than I originally thought....

Heck, they may have 'shot their wad' trying to make the playoffs, now that they're there, they look done...no fire... IMO game 2 was a perfect example of this. They came out firing and got a nice lead, then lost it all in the 3rd and barely won in OT.

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IMO the criticism that we have too many European players is true, or at least we have too many European stars, or not enough American leadership on the team. There are too many language barriers/passive guys in that lockerroom. I'm hugely disappointed in Franzen. He was a "workhorse" that stopped working once he got paid.

I think Bert was worth his total contract, which is why I posted both years. I think he's a $4.5M player that we signed for $2M per, because we knew he wasn't going to be able to play every day. That said, he shows up and gives it his all when he's out there. Without him I don't think we win game 2.


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What a game!! Not sure my heart can take another one of those. Howard played very, very well.

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w00t!!!! What a series! Way to come back, Wings! Great job. Bring on the Blackhawks!

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BTW-Looks like only one person guessed Wings in 7. Congrats!

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