Red Wings – Ducks Postgame Notes

I expect my initial reaction to the Red Wings’ win tonight to go over rather poorly: Detroit didn’t deserve the win, Anaheim did.

The Red Wings were too sloppy tonight. You can win sloppy games, they proved that tonight, but if this had been a loss you could look at their play and say, “Of course it was.”

Turnovers, blown defensive coverage, missed opportunities in general. It should have been a loss.

Meanwhile, the Ducks have a couple things to complain about.

While I think Corey Perry could have avoided Johan Franzen, the first period penalty on Perry that led to Detroit’s first goal was weak. It might have been technically right but it I’d be upset if it were called on a Wing.

Detroit’s third goal was a bit questionable, too. Paul Mara appeared to touch the puck in attempting to clear it from the goal line. On a delayed penalty, the play could have been blown dead. That said, Mara did not have control of the puck so maybe that’s why the whistle didn’t blow.

I think there’s a lot less controversy to Anaheim’s goals than there was to Detroit’s.

Speaking of controversy… I still say Nicklas Kronwall will get a one-game suspension for his hit on Teemu Selanne. I don’t think there was an intent to injure but Kronwall’s hits look bad. He has a bit of a history and Selanne is a future Hall of Famer. That Selanne came back to play (and score) in the game helps Kronwall but that hit was another case where I’d be mad if it happened the other way around.

Red Wings – Ducks Pregame Notes

Former Red Wing Andreas Lilja returns to Detroit tonight with his new team, the Anaheim Ducks.

Lilja hadn’t signed with the Ducks last time these two teams met, in the season opener on October 8. I’m sure no one needs reminding of what happened then but just for the record: Pavel Datsyuk. Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Todd Bertuzzi will be a game-time decision, having injured his foot blocking a shot on Thursday against the Flames. He didn’t skate yesterday but thinks he’ll be ready tonight. If he can’t go, Justin Abdelkader will crack the Wings’ lineup, returning from his rib injury.

Abdelkader could be in the lineup anyway if the Red Wings opt to go with a more physical look to their fourth line to counter the Ducks’ aggressiveness but no changes are expected.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.