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Day 2 -- Gameday in Detroit

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 2:04 PM
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Ducks Road Trip
Day 2 -- Gameday in Detroit
Teemu Selanne signs autographs outside the team's hotel prior to their morning skate.
The Ducks went through preparations for their battle with the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena, the start of a four-game road trip.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS

10:10 a.m. - The day started with the team departing their hotel for the morning skate at JLA. As always, there's a group of diehard fans waiting outside hoping to meet their favorite players. Despite the cold temperatures (temperatures in the mid-20s with a wind chill of 15 degrees), Teemu Selanne made sure to sign autographs and take pictures with each person outside the hotel. It's just another reason why fans around the world love Selanne. After he spent five minutes mingling with the fans, he came aboard the bus and proclaimed, "Boy, it's a bit cold outside, huh?"

10:30 a.m. - After a brief bus ride to Joe Louis Arena, the Ducks began their normal morning routines. Some guys were in the hallway stretching while others were on the visiting bench watching the Red Wings go through their morning skate. After sticks were cut and taped, and the Zambonis finished smoothing out the ice, it was time for the Ducks to skate.

11:00 a.m. - Head coach Bruce Boudreau watched from the bench as his players went through their usual gameday drills. "Let's have some energy out here, boys!," he could be heard saying from the bench. Among the skaters was forward Jakob Silfverberg, who will play tonight for the first time since Oct. 25 at Ottawa. The 23-year-old Swede skated on a line with Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano.

12:15 p.m. - Defenseman Cam Fowler was the center of attention after the morning skate. Fowler grew up in nearby Farmington Hills, and played at Joe Louis Arena as a kid. He made his NHL debut in this arena on Oct. 8, 2010, and expects another large group of friends and family for tonight's game.

“It’s great. It’s a special place for me,” he said. “I’ve been in this building a lot growing up. To come back and play against the team I watched growing up, and playing in front of my friends and family is something that’s special to me. It’s something I’m looking forward to.”

12:30 p.m. – The team boards the bus and heads back to the hotel for some food and rest.

About Joe Louis Arena
JLA opened on Dec. 12, 1979 and is the fourth oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden (New York City), Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Long Island) and Rexall Place (Edmonton). The arena, named after boxer and former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, replaced Olympia Stadium as the home of the Detroit Red Wings.

Remnants of the old Olympia Stadium still exist within Joe Louis Arena, including a street sign hanging on the wall just outside the home and away locker rooms.

JLA has the look and feel of a historic and classic hockey arena. There's a certain smell that can't really be described, and the stairs and seats around the concourse have a real old-school vibe.

“It's like every old building. It has history," said Koivu. "You look back in the days when they won the Cups, and you look at the names on the wall. When you walk into the building, it has that old hockey rink smell. It's a fun building, but by no means is it an easy one."

The banners hanging from the rafters serve as a constant reminder of the rich history and success of this Original Six franchise, while the outside of the arena has a big banner that showcases the team's core players.

The walls are adorned with the names of players from the past, and a walk through the hallway leading to the Red Wings locker room has plaques of previous teams and photos of some of the game's most iconic figures.

Directly across from JLA is Windsor, Ontario. Detroit and Windsor are separated by the Detroit River, which had big sheets of ice at its surface this morning.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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