The results haven't been there for the Ducks over the past three games, but tonight provides an opportunity for them to snap a three-game winless skid against the Detroit Red Wings. This marks the sixth game of a season-long seven-game homestand that has seen the Ducks post a 2-2-1 mark thus far. Anaheim comes in with a 9-8-1 record (19 points), while Detroit brings a 6-12-1 mark (13 points).
Though the Red Wings are just 2-7-0 on the road, the Ducks have had their struggles against teams with subpar records away from home (Chicago and Minnesota, specifically). However, the Red Wings are on a bit of a run, winners of their past two after dropping the previous four in a row.
Brendan Guhle could return to the lineup tonight after the Ducks recalled him from the San Diego Gulls yesterday. In his short stint with the Gulls, the 22-year-old blueliner posted four points (1g/3a) with a +2 rating in four games. He's appeared in seven games with the Ducks this season, collecting three points (all assists) and a +3 rating.
We're only a little more than a month into the season, and this is already the series finale between the Ducks and Red Wings. It opened with a 3-1 Ducks victory at Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 8. Jakob Silfverberg posted a game-high two points (1g/1a), while John Gibson stopped 31 of 32 shots and limited the opposition to one goal for his third straight start.
The Ducks are 29-47-12 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including a 21-19-4 mark at Honda Center. They've won three of the past four (3-1-0) and four of the past six overall (4-2-0) vs. Detroit, and have won a franchise-tying three straight at home against the Red Wings dating to Jan. 10, 2016. Ryan Getzlaf paces the club in scoring against the Red Wings with 43 points (11g/32a) in 40 games.
This is the opener of a three-game California swing for the Wings, who continue with games Thursday in LA and Saturday in San Jose. They come in riding a two-game winning streak with victories over the Boston Bruins (4-2) on Friday and Vegas Golden Knights (3-2) on Sunday. Anthony Mantha scored the game-winning tally with 31 seconds remaining in Sunday's game to become the first player this season to score two go-ahead goals in the final minute of regulation (also Oct. 6: 59:06). The 6-foot-5, 234-pound wing leads the team in goals (11) and points (18), and brings a three-game point streak (four points, 2g/2a) into tonight's matchup.
Justin Abdelkader is a player Ducks fans know well over the years, but he won't be in the lineup tonight (or for approximately the next three weeks) because of a mid-body injury suffered in Sunday's game vs. Vegas. The 32-year-old has yet to score a goal this season, but has three assists in 16 games. Abdelkader joins defensemen Danny DeKeyser (lower body) and Trevor Daley (lower body), and forward Luke Glendening (hand) on the injured list. Robby Fabbri has two goals and three points in his first two games with the Red Wings after he was acquired from the St. Louis Blues for Jacob De La Rose on Nov. 6. He had one goal in nine games with the Blues prior to the trade.