Seeing Red Again

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 5:40 PM / News
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Seeing Red Again
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst

DETROIT – As bad as things might seem for the Ducks, what with a rather unsightly 1-2-3 record on their marathon seven-game road trip that concludes Saturday night at Detroit, things could be worse.

The Ducks have gained four more points during that stretch than the perennially powerful Red Wings, who are 0-5-1 during a six-game winless streak that is their longest since February 2008.

Stanley Cup playoff opponents three times in a six-season span from 2003-09, and Western Conference final foes in 2007, the Ducks and Red Wings will both be looking to get well when they clash at Joe Louis Arena.

“That goes to the parity that’s in the NHL,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Friday after staying off the ice during the club’s light practice session. “If you have a flat period of time, any team can beat any team on any given night.

“I’m sure their concerns are similar to what ours are. Obviously, their offense historically has provided lots of goals for them. We’ve got an offense here that’s usually provided enough goals for us to be successful.”

The seemingly always-potent Red Wings, who opened the season 5-0 before hitting the skids, have scored only six goals in the past six games. Led by two goals and two assists from right wing Teemu Selanne, the Ducks broke out offensively in Tuesday’s 5-4, overtime loss at Washington, but have netted a total of just seven goals in the other five games during this lengthy sojourn.

“We’re taking a different approach,” Carlyle said. “In looking at the road trip, it’s the final game. We have an opportunity to gain two points. We can be .500. We can get points in five out of seven games. Sure, we’d like to have the extra points that were available, but we’ve lost two shootouts and one overtime.

“One win – it’s not good enough. We understand that, but it’s not all doom and gloom here. We still have a chance to salvage a decent road trip. We’ve played some good hockey here, but we’ve (also) played some poor hockey. We want to eliminate the poor hockey altogether.”

Despite having won two of the teams’ past three playoff meetings, the Ducks have always struggled in regular-season play at Detroit, going just 3-24-7 all-time since entering the NHL in 1993. Rarely, if ever, however, have the Ducks encountered a Red Wings team in a funk the likes of what they are enduring now.

“It’s not usually the way it plays out – that’s for sure,” Ducks winger Bobby Ryan said. “It’s a different mindset. I know I talked to a few of their players. Every team goes through it at some point. For us to be going through it at the same time is something we’ve never seen before.

“You have to put everything in the past. You have to move forward because if you dwell on the games we let go on the trip, that’s not the right focus for (Saturday). It’s all about the Detroit Red Wings and the type of game they play.”

The Ducks also must ward off the natural tendency to be thinking more about getting home than taking care of business on the ice.

“I think the biggest thing going in with one game left after 14 days or whatever it is, is to focus on that task at hand – try and celebrate the little victories in a game, make sure you’re doing little things to keep yourself in it because it’s very easy to start thinking about that flight home and the amount of time we’ve been at it,” Ryan said. “We have an older group, which is good because the veteran guys can pull you in the right direction any time that happens.”

Carlyle excused the team’s two oldest players, Selanne and center Saku Koivu, from Friday’s practice. Center Nick Bonino, who continues to be bothered by a hyperextended knee suffered Tuesday against the Capitals, skated only briefly.

Winger George Parros, meanwhile, exited earlier than planned after having taken a puck to the face in practice for the second time during this road trip. Parros appeared to escape any serious damage.

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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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