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DUCKS (23-7-5) at RED WINGS (15-11-9)
TV: PRIME, FS-D
Last 10: Anaheim 7-1-2; Detroit 4-4-2
Season series: Anaheim and Detroit open a two-game season series tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The Ducks face the Red Wings for the first time as an Eastern Conference opponent after 75 games within the Western Conference. Anaheim owns an all-time record of 20-43-12 vs. Detroit, including a 4-25-8 mark at Joe Louis Arena. The Ducks earned a 5-2 victory in their last regular-season visit to Detroit on Feb. 15, 2013. These two teams met in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which Detroit won in seven games.
Teemu Selanne leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Detroit, earning 60 points (24g/36a) in 69 games. Following tonight's game, the season series will shift to Anaheim for its finale on Jan. 12.
Big story: The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks (23-7-5, 51 points) open a four-game road trip against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena (4:30 p.m. PST, PRIME TICKET/AM 830). At 51 points, Anaheim is second in the overall NHL standings, behind only Chicago (53). The Ducks have won five straight games (5-0-0) and earned points in eight straight (6-0-2, 14), marking the longest active point streak in the league. Anaheim is the only NHL team with three different win streaks of five games or more this season. The Ducks also have points in 10 of 11 (8-1-2, 18) and 21 of 25 (16-4-5, 37), which includes an NHL season-best (w/SJ) nine-game standings point streak from Oct. 25-Nov. 10.
Detroit is winless in its past five games, posting an 0-3-2 record in the span, and has massive injury problems.
Ducks: Dustin Penner's game-winning goal with 3:17 left in regulation lifted Anaheim to a 3-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday and improved the Ducks' record at Honda Center to 13-0-2, their best home start in franchise history.
Penner's goal, assisted by Ryan Getzlaf, resulted in the first points of the game for Anaheim's top line, which includes right wing Corey Perry. The Ducks had three off days between games that might've contributed to the unit's early rust.
"Maybe we weren't mentally sharp as we had been in the past," Penner said. "We had a lot of days off. That's not an excuse, but maybe that's why. We still have to be better. The team depends on us."
Red Wings: Detroit has center Pavel Datsyuk back from a seven-game absence following a concussion, but the Red Wings are still without captain Henrik Zetterberg (back), goalie Jimmy Howard (sprained knee), defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) and three other forwards, including Johan Franzen (concussion protocols). Franzen left Detroit's game Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning early in the second period after being hit in the face by defenseman Radko Gudas.
Rookie Tomas Jurco, Detroit's second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut against the Lightning and the Red Wings will likely call up center Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Franzen.
"Normally, and I say this all of the time, someone else gets an opportunity," coach Mike Babcock said. "We’re running out of guys to get opportunities."
Who's hot: Getzlaf has points in the last 16 games in which he has appeared, collecting 23 points (10g/13a) in that span (missed three games with an upper-body injury, Nov. 10-14). While the 16-game streak is not an official point streak because he missed three games, it marks the longest streak of his career. In addition, Getzlaf has a current 14-game point streak (6g/11a, recognized by NHL), the longest since Pascal Dupuis had points in 14 straight (10g/12a) from Mar. 7-Apr. 7, 2012. … Red Wings rookie goalie Petr Mrazek has allowed only two goals on 40 combined shots in two starts this season.
Injury report: Anaheim is without defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist), forward Jakob Silfverberg (hand), defensemen Mark Fistric (upper body) and Luca Sbisa (hand) and goalie Viktor Fasth (muscle inflammation). … Aside from Zetterberg, Howard, DeKeyser and Franzen, Detroit is also missing forwards Justin Abdelkader (concussion), Stephen Weiss (groin) and Darren Helm (shoulder/groin).