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Trending: Wings lose two defensemen in shutout defeat

Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall sidelined by lower-body injuries in the third period

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

ANAHEIM - Unlike when the Anaheim Ducks visited Detroit on Dec. 17, this game did not offer a lot of offense.

The Ducks got goal from Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase, both on rebounds, and John Gibson made 23 saves in the 2-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Honda Center Wednesday night.

There is no time to rest as the Wings traveled to Los Angeles immediately after the game and face the Kings at the Staples Center Thursday night.

1. Petr Mrazek: Mrazek's statistics have not been dazzling this season, although he has had games where he's looked very good. But against the Ducks in a building where he's been pretty successful, Mrazek looked to be on top of his game. The two goals he gave up were both on rebounds.

Quotable: "I feel pretty good. The things we worked on when I'm in net, I used it a lot today. They were trying to get from behind the net to the front of the net very quick so I feel pretty good." - Mrazek

Quotable II: "First of all really good game by Petr. I thought he was a real bright spot. I thought he looked on top of his game, similar to what he has when he's really, really good. Done a good job. So that was a real positive." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Lack of scoring: The Wings were shut out for the fifth time Wednesday. They went 0-for-3 on the power play, which continues to be a sore spot. To make matters worse, it appeared the Wings had tied the game early in the second period but the Ducks challenged the goal and it was overturned, with the officials saying Brendan Smith interfered with Gibson.

Quotable: "It would be nice it that was allowed but it wasn't. But I thought that we got some momentum, though. I thought we played decent in the first period, probably the best we're playing in a long time. It would be nice if we could get some goals there. It would be a little different game. We lose a few guys and we're going on a short amount of guys here at the end. Unfortunately we couldn't find a way to get one or two." - Henrik Zetterberg

Quotable II: "I thought early in the game we were really skating. I thought our D got away from getting the puck to our forwards at the right times, so that slowed us down a little bit. But as the game went along, I thought there was not enough guys, I guess too many guys that were passengers, not enough guys driving the train. I thought we didn't have enough guys going. I'd say half our forwards were going and half of them weren't, so that's not good enough." - Blashill

3. Brendan Smith/Niklas Kronwall: Smith got tangled up with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler in front of the Anaheim net at 14:44 of the second. Smith got up and appeared unable to put weight on his right leg and had to be helped to the dressing room. Kronwall, who played 12:13 in the first two periods, did not appear to be hurt on a specific play. The Wings announced that neither would return for the third period. That meant just Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Nick Jensen and Xavier Ouellet were left to play the third period. DeKeyser played the most at 25:28. Blashill said both Smith and Kronwall have lower-body injuries and will undergo further evaluation. The good news is Alexey Marchenko was set to return Thursday after missing the last eight games with a shoulder injury and Ryan Sproul is healthy and ready to step in.

Quotable: "You try to go as short as possible and as simple as possible. Maybe not join the rush and get exhausted because you know you might have to go out there 20 seconds later again. You just have to hope for some extra whistles. It makes it a little harder." - Ericsson

Quotable II: "Any team that goes through something like that, it's going to be tough on us. You're going every other shift. I think we did well, we conserved energy well but it still affected our team because our D aren't able to get up in the play because we're saving our energy for playing defense. So that cut back on our offense a little bit in the third period when we needed it." - Nick Jensen

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