Mighty Ducks-Red Wings Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (8-8-4-5) at Detroit Red Wings (14-9-2-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Sergei Fedorov will be making his return to Detroit with the team that
knocked the Red Wings out of last season's playoffs when the Anaheim Mighty
Ducks visit Joe Louis Arena.
Fedorov left the Red Wings as a free agent with three Stanley Cups and a
Hart Trophy. The 33-year-old center will make his first visit to Detroit since
signing a $40 million deal to join the Mighty Ducks.
"It probably will be overwhelming, so I'm probably going to have to calm
myself down a bit before the game," Fedorov said. "There will be certain
pressures, but I'll try not to lose my head and get caught up in all that other
stuff besides hockey because I'll have to perform on the ice."
The Ducks embarrassed Fedorov and the Red Wings by sweeping them in the
first round of last season's playoffs. Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien
Giguere outplayed Detroit's Curtis Joseph as the Ducks prevailed by a single
goal in each of the four games to send the defending Stanley Cup champions home
The Red Wings have fared well without Fedorov, winning three straight and
four of five to move into a tie for first place in the Central Division with
Backup goalie Manny Legace stopped 30 shots and Steve Thomas had two goals
to lift the Red Wings to a 6-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Detroit has won seven of its last 10 despite being without key players like
Derian Hatcher (knee surgery), Henrik Zetterberg (broken leg), Darren McCarty
(bulging disc in his back), Dominik Hasek (groin), Ray Whitney (groin) and
Tomas Holmstrom (separated shoulder).
The Mighty Ducks had an 11-game point streak snapped Tuesday as Vaclav
Prospal scored with 31.9 seconds left for Anaheim's only goal in a 2-1 loss to
the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The defeat spoiled a good effort by backup goalie Martin Gerber, who stopped
30 of the 32 shots he faced.
The Mighty Ducks are 0-7-2-2 when scoring fewer than two goals this season.