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Red Wings, Ducks navigating through injuries

by Brian Hedger

DETROIT -- The Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings haven't faced each other since Detroit pulled off an upset in a seven-game Western Conference Quarterfinals series last spring.

They'll share the same ice surface again Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena, but the circumstances are quite a bit different.

Anaheim has 51 points and leads the Pacific Division, while the injury-plagued Red Wings are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division after moving to the Eastern Conference.

"The feeling's still in your stomach that you lost in a Game 7 after the season that we had," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said following Anaheim's morning skate Tuesday. "I don't know if there's ever any real personal feelings other than we got beat and these are the guys that beat us. We just want to get back on the horse and make sure [we] can compete with these teams."

The Red Wings have the same mindset after losing eight lineup regulars to various recent injuries. Detroit is winless in its past five games and coach Mike Babcock is just happy his team isn't still in the Western Conference, where the Red Wings would be 10th with 39 points.

"If you look at the points in the West and the points in the East, right now we're thankful that we're in the East," Babcock said. "Obviously we like the weather out there [in California] and I like going out there. It's lots of fun and we like playing good players and good teams. That's changed [with realignment], but there's lots of Original Six teams in the East and that's good for us as well."

Many of the faces the Ducks will see on the Red Wings' bench will also be different thanks to all the injuries. The Red Wings will be without eight injured players, including forward Gustav Nyquist, who didn't participate in the morning skate because of a newly-discovered groin problem.

"They tell me he's got a groin issue," Babcock said. "They tell me it's day-to-day, so in 10 days we'll talk about it."

Detroit is also without captain Henrik Zetterberg (back), defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), goalie Jimmy Howard (knee sprain) and forwards Johan Franzen (concussion), Darren Helm (shoulder), Justin Abdelkader (concussion) and Stephen Weiss (groin).

Howard skated on his own prior to Detroit's morning skate, without any goalie gear, while Helm and DeKeyser went through team drills.

Anaheim also has its share of injuries, including defensemen Luca Sbisa and Sheldon Souray, and goalie Viktor Fasth. But the Ducks might welcome back forward Jakob Silfverberg after a broken bone in his right hand kept him out 24 games.

Silfverberg took line rushes in the morning skate and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it's a possibility he'll return to action against Detroit.

Here is how the Ducks and Red Wings might line up Tuesday night:


Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Jakob Silfverberg

Daniel Winnik - Nick Bonino - Kyle Palmieri

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Patrick Maroon, Tim Jackman

Injured: Luca Sbisa (torn hand tendon), Viktor Fasth (muscle inflammation), Sheldon Souray (torn wrist tendon)


Tomas Jurco - Pavel Datsyuk - Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Tomas Tatar

Daniel Cleary - Luke Glendening - Patrick Eaves

Todd Bertuzzi - Riley Sheahan - Mikael Samuelsson

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Jakub Kindl - Brian Lashoff

Jonas Gustavsson

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Henrik Zetterberg (back, herniated disk), Darren Helm (shoulder, groin), Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), Stephen Weiss (groin), Jimmy Howard (sprained knee, hand), Johan Franzen (concussion protocols), Justin Abdelkader (concussion), Gustav Nyquist (groin).

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