The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to extend their franchise-record home-winning streak against the surging Anaheim Ducks in the first of three important games with Stanley Cup Playoffs implications on NHL Network this weekend.
Detroit will play host to Anaheim on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET), while Winnipeg travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. ET) and recent roles will be reversed when rivals Montreal and Toronto meet on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET) at Air Canada Centre.
Anaheim is 11-2-2 in its last 15 games and has cut what was once a 20-point gap between the Ducks and the eighth spot in the Western Conference in half. The Ducks' margin of error is still razor thin, and this is the first of an eight-game road trip that will likely decide if they can try to finish this frenetic run or if general manager Bob Murray will have to think about the future.