Red Wings – Ducks Preview
The Red Wings (2-0-2) will host Trevor Zegras and the Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1) as they look to bounce back from yet another tough overtime loss to Chicago Friday night. Detroit had a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period Friday night, where they ultimately let the Blackhawks steal two points from the club.
I expect Detroit to come out with a chip on the shoulder for today’s midday matchup with Anaheim. Detroit’s offense has been clicking and been able to find the back of the net consistently. Meanwhile, on the other end of the ice, they haven’t been able to play a complete game defensively. Anaheim has allowed 4.40 goals against per game. The goals will come, the defense will need to hold their own against a dangerous Ducks offense.
The Red Wings have scored first in three out of their first four games. Detroit was leading at one point in both games, where they later went on to lose in overtime.
Detroit’s lines will look similar to Friday night’s game. It is uncertain if Lucas Raymond will return to the top line alongside Dylan Larkin. Goaltender Ville Husso will get the start in between the pipes for the Red Wings.
Gentry’s Skater to Watch
Going into tonight’s matchup, there are a lot of players to look out for as Detroit looks to avoid their third straight loss. Apart from this, Lucas Raymond will be my skater to watch tonight. Lucas has dabbled with different lines and power play units through four games, tallying two points (0 goals, 2 assists).
Lucas ended the game Friday with a crucial giveaway, a play won’t see often out of the young stud. With Bertuzzi being out along with lines being juggled, that can cause some growing pains. I expect ‘Razor Raymond’ to get back to his normal ways tonight and be the deadly playmaker that we know he can be.
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