|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 7 - Series tied at 3-3|
|77||DETROIT||+120||Ov 5,+105||+120||Ov 5,+105|
|78||ANAHEIM||-140||Un 5,-125||-140||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-15-0||-1.2||12-15||-1.2||10-12||2.4||30.6||2.5||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.9||3-2||+0.9||2-1||2.8||32.8||3.2||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||54||139||38||46||48||7||6||1633||8.5%||209||40||19.1%||241|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||27||64||22||16||21||5||3||826||7.7%||102||16||15.7%||108|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||2||5||3||0||164||8.5%||19||5||26.3%||26|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||6||15||5||2||5||3||0||186||8.1%||23||6||26.1%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||134||39||40||46||9||8||1515||8.8%||185||36||19.5%||205|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||68||20||19||24||5||4||755||9.0%||93||20||21.5%||111|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||4||9||1||0||165||9.7%||17||4||23.5%||23|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||19||3||4||11||1||1||192||9.9%||21||6||28.6%||28|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||7||4||141||124||87.9%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||6||4||129||115||89.1%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||76||85.4%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||48||48||1320||1215||92.0%||4||24-24||-2.9||24-24-0||-2||17-24|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||21||21||573||527||92.0%||1||9-12||-2.4||9-12-0||-2||8-10|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||121||91.0%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Playoff Games)||6||6||191||173||90.6%||0||3-3||-0.1||3-3-0||0||2-2|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18-9-0||+3.2||18-9||+3.2||12-12||3.0||29.2||2.6||27.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||2-1||3.2||33.0||2.8||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||54||159||39||55||57||8||16||1539||10.3%||156||35||22.4%||265|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||27||82||23||24||31||4||9||788||10.4%||84||21||25.0%||142|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||2||4||9||1||0||165||9.7%||17||4||23.5%||23|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||6||19||3||4||11||1||1||192||9.9%||21||6||28.6%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||133||49||34||41||9||7||1526||8.7%||186||36||19.4%||230|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||69||29||19||19||2||2||754||9.2%||93||17||18.3%||113|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||2||5||3||0||164||8.5%||19||5||26.3%||26|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||15||5||2||5||3||0||186||8.1%||23||6||26.1%||28|
|FREDERIK ANDERSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|FREDERIK ANDERSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|FREDERIK ANDERSON (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF DELAURIERS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF DELAURIERS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF DELAURIERS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|VIKTOR FASTH (All Games)||25||23||661||609||92.1%||1||15-8||+4.7||15-8-0||+4||11-10|
|VIKTOR FASTH (Home Games)||14||13||366||336||91.8%||1||8-5||-0.4||8-5-0||-1||7-5|
|VIKTOR FASTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||91||91.0%||0||1-3||-3.2||1-3-0||-4||1-2|
|VIKTOR FASTH (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS HILLER (All Games)||32||31||861||787||91.4%||2||18-13||+2.8||18-13-0||+3||9-19|
|JONAS HILLER (Home Games)||15||14||386||349||90.4%||1||10-4||+3.6||10-4-0||+4||5-7|
|JONAS HILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||123||93.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|JONAS HILLER (Playoff Games)||6||6||186||171||91.9%||0||3-3||-0.3||3-3-0||0||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.26, ANAHEIM 3.25|
|4/17/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||U|
|4/22/2013||PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/25/2013||NASHVILLE||5-2||W||0, -245||W||5 ov||O|
|4/27/2013||at DALLAS||3-0||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||U|
|4/30/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|5/2/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5 un||O|
|5/4/2013||ANAHEIM||0-4||L||0, -130||L||5 un||U|
|5/6/2013||ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5 un||P|
|5/8/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5 un||P|
|5/10/2013||ANAHEIM||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|5/12/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|4/17/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5 un||P|
|4/19/2013||at CALGARY||1-3||L||0, -160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||at EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||U|
|4/22/2013||at EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +160||W||5 ev||U|
|4/27/2013||PHOENIX||3-5||L||0, -170||L||5 ov||O|
|4/30/2013||DETROIT||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|5/2/2013||DETROIT||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5 un||O|
|5/4/2013||at DETROIT||4-0||W||0, +110||W||5 un||U|
|5/6/2013||at DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5 un||P|
|5/8/2013||DETROIT||3-2||W||0, -140||W||5 un||P|
|5/10/2013||at DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 un||O|
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.
LAST SEASON: 34-36-12, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 11th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau, 2nd season with Ducks, 27-23-8; 6th overall, 228-111-48 in NHL.
ADDED: D Bryan Allen, D Sheldon Souray, G Viktor Fasth, LW Daniel Winnik, RW Brad Staubitz.
LOST: D Lubomir Visnovsky, LW Niklas Hagman, D Sheldon Brookbank, G Dan Ellis.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks' top playmaker heads into his contract year coming off the worst statistical season of his decorated career. The NHL and Olympic champion needs a huge season with Corey Perry, who's also heading for free agency.
OUTLOOK: Anaheim bolstered its defense with Allen and Souray, but largely kept its offense intact despite last season's disappointments. Even with few changes, the Ducks believe their star-studded veteran roster should be in the playoff hunt again
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (DETROIT-ANAHEIM) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Red Wings-Ducks Preview* =========================
By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
Detroit At Anaheim, Game Seven, 10:00 p.m. EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A theatrical playoff series gets an appropriately grand finale when Anaheim hosts Detroit in Game 7 on Sunday night.
Although the Ducks and Red Wings could be stressed by this test, most are treating it as an opportunity and a reward for nearly two weeks of exhausting work.
After all, somebody gets to be the hero.
"If you can't enjoy it, then you're in the wrong sport," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said Saturday. "These are situations that many of us have been in, but they're fun. You reach back on those things, and then just remember to embrace the moment and be ready to play."
After four overtime games, several clutch goals and plenty of wild momentum swings, the second-seeded Ducks have one last chance to finish off the resilient Red Wings, who have one final opportunity to nudge past the talented Pacific Division champions.
Detroit has stayed in this series with three overtime victories, including Game 6 on Friday night, although Anaheim had to rally late just to force two of those overtimes.
Every game has been in the balance in the third period, so both teams know what they'll face in the deciding game at a frenzied Honda Center.
"We were talking about that on the plane (after Game 6)," Anaheim's Corey Perry said. "When you're a kid, you go into the streets and you're playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's the fun part of hockey. You dream about Game 7, and to be the guy to step up is special."
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has learned a bit about playoff pressure in his first three NHL seasons, and he watched the Red Wings in countless big games while growing up in the Detroit suburbs. The 21-year-old is looking forward to his first taste of the toughest situation any team can face.
"It's more exciting than anything," Fowler said. "We're familiar with them, and they know us, so it's about harnessing your emotions and playing. I'm looking forward to it. No butterflies, just excitement."
The teams have alternated wins throughout the series, with Anaheim taking a one-game lead three times, only to watch the Red Wings catch up.
The Ducks would be preparing for a tantalizing second-round matchup with Los Angeles this weekend if they hadn't allowed three overtime goals by the Red Wings, who will face Chicago in the second round if they hang on.
The Ducks are playing the fifth Game 7 in the franchise's two-decade history, but just the second at home. Anaheim's most recent Game 7 was in 2009 at Detroit, where the Red Wings eliminated the eighth-seeded Ducks.
Detroit is playing Game 7 for the 23rd time in its much longer franchise history, but nearly all of those decisive games were at home. The Wings are just 2-4 in a Game 7 on the road.
"I've been fortunate enough to win some Game 7's and lose some," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who coached the Ducks in their Game 7 loss to New Jersey in the 2003 Stanley Cup finals.
"I've lost at home and on the road, and won that way, too. So it's just a big game. ... We're excited. We said all along, the shorter we could make the series, advantage us. You can't make it any shorter than this."
Although Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau would rather be playing in a Game 7 than watching it from the bench, he hopes his players embrace their opportunity to create a postseason reputation that could last their lifetimes.
Boudreau has already more than his share of Game 7 heartache in his NHL coaching career: His Washington Capitals went to a seventh game in each of his first four playoff series with the club, and the Caps lost three of them.
"It's a lot easier to play. You just play," Boudreau said. "Game 7 playing is a tremendous amount of fun. Game 7 coaching is not so much."
Boudreau's night could be much more comfortable if Perry emerges from his series-long goal drought. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg finally got his first goals of the series in Game 6, pushing the Wings to the win - but the Ducks are still waiting for their first goal from Perry, the former Richard Trophy winner during his 50-goal season two years ago.
"I assume that at one point, Corey Perry is going to break out," Boudreau said Saturday. "He always has, and he always will. Let's just hope it's tomorrow."
Perry has been active and aggressive, but hasn't converted any chances into goals. Detroit has done solid work against the Ducks' top line, but few defenses can contain Perry for such a significant length of time, and the former MVP is feeling urgency.
"My job is to go out and score goals and do those offensive things, but it hasn't been coming," Perry said. "Hopefully you just try to do something different if things aren't going your way, but I'm not putting any more pressure on myself than anybody else is. I'm not going out there and squeezing my stick any tighter. I've had my chances, and I'm shooting the puck, I'm going to the net. One puck has got to go in - off me, off somebody. Something has got to break."
Boudreau believes stopping Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the Ducks' biggest challenges in the finale.
Both veterans have ample experience in big playoff games, including four previous Game 7 appearances, while the Ducks have won just one playoff round since their Stanley Cup victory in 2007.
The Red Wings aren't content with just pushing the higher-seeded Ducks to the brink in what was looking like a rebuilding season for a team with 22 straight playoff appearances.
With one more pressure-packed win, Detroit can keep rolling into another series against a touted opponent.
"It just seems when our backs are against the wall, that's when we play our best," Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard said. "The urgency was there from the drop of the puck (in Game 6). There can't be any let up. We've got to have this right into Sunday night."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 8:35:06 PM EST|