8:30 a.m. – Players and staff arrive at LAX for a flight bound for Detroit. Approximate flight time is a little over four hours (4:02 to be exact). The Detroit metro area is expecting one to three inches of snow tonight and temperatures around 20 degrees for the high. Meanwhile, Anaheim will reach a sultry 82 degrees today.
9:30 a.m. – Wheels are up and the Ducks are in the air. A group of Ducks, including Francois Beauchemin, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Mathieu Perreault can be seen playing a card game together, while in the back of aircraft, Tim Jackman catches up on some sleep. It’s an upbeat and lighthearted group that begins the road trip on a five-game winning streak, with the most recent victory coming last night in a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. The victory represented Anaheim’s 13th at Honda Center (13-0-2), and the Ducks remain the only team unbeaten in regulation at home. The Ducks are currently second in the NHL with 51 points, just two behind front-running Chicago.
4:19 p.m. - The team’s charter touches down in frigid Detroit, where the temperature outside reads 19 degrees with a breeze. Players, coaches and broadcasters patiently wait as their bags are unloaded off the plane and onto two busses bound for the team’s downtown hotel.
5:15 p.m. – The Ducks arrive at their downtown hotel just after sundown, and a group of diehard fans wait patiently for their favorite players to sign autographs. Many of these fans were braving the coldness with Ducks jackets and hoodies. A lone Red Wings fan was among the onlookers.
Players then participated in a team stretch in one of the ballrooms within the hotel.
The Ducks will head to Joe Louis Arena tomorrow morning for a game-day skate before their contest against the Detroit Red Wings at 4:30 p.m. PT on Prime Ticket.
Stay tuned for pre- and postgame coverage from Joe Louis Arena, in Anaheim's only visit to Detroit during the regular season.
Detroit is the most populous city in the state of Michigan, and is situated in Wayne County. Known as the world’s traditional automotive center, Detroit celebrates its rich history in the automotive and music industries with two well-known nicknames: The Motor City and Motown.
Detroit is the oldest city in the Midwest (founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac), and the only one from which one can look south to Canada. The Detroit River divides Detroit from Windsor, Ontario.
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