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Anaheim tries to match best start in its history; Detroit's top line has totaled 16 points

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (2-0-0) at RED WINGS (2-0-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, PRIME, NHL.TV


The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will try to match the best start of their 26-season history when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

The Ducks started 3-0-0 in 2006-07 and last season. They've been led this season by goalie John Gibson, who has a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage (67 saves on 69 shots). 

The Red Wings hope to begin a season 3-0-0 for the first time since 2015-16. Their top line of Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) including four goals from Mantha in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Anaheim and Detroit are two of eight undefeated NHL teams after two games. The others are the Carolina Hurricanes (3-0-0), Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0), New York Rangers (2-0-0), Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0), Edmonton Oilers (2-0-0) and Boston Bruins (2-0-0).


Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 39 games against the Red Wings, most among Anaheim skaters.

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou returns after missing the first two games with a lower-body injury. He had NHL career highs in goals (30), assists (24) and points (54) last season.


They said it

"If you are going to consistently produce offense in this league, you need five guys contributing. We have to get involved from the back or there's not enough going on for us to be dangerous." -- Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm

"Our top line has been very dangerous, and we know this gives us a dangerous second line. [Taro Hirose] is exponentially better when he's on a line with skilled players, and he provides [Athanasiou] with a give-and-go guy. [Luke Glendening] gives them the support they need to use their skill." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Ducks projected lineup

Devin Shore -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Nick Ritchie, Max Comtois

Injured: Sam Steel (middle body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Taro Hirose

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula -- Christoffer Ehn

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Dennis Cholowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Evgeny Svechnikov, Alex Biega

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Frans Nielsen (head), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report 

Steel skated Tuesday but did not take part in line drills. … The Red Wings placed Ericsson, Nielsen and Daley on injured reserve and recalled Svechnikov and Biega from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. 


Stat pack

Getzlaf is two games from tying Corey Perry for most in Ducks history (988) and 14 from 1,000 in the NHL. … Detroit is 33-7 with three ties on home ice against Anaheim.

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