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Red Wings-Ducks preview - 4-30-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

2) Red Wings vs. (8) Ducks

Red Wings Leading Playoff Scorer: Johan Franzen, six points (two goals, four assists).

Ducks Leading Playoff Scorer: Ryan Getzlaf, eight points (two goals, six assists).

Red Wings Statistics

Ducks Statistics

Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Chris Chelios (3), Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk (2), Kris Draper (4), Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Tomas Holmstrom (4), Jiri Hudler, Tomas Kopecky, Nicklas Kronwall, Brett Lebda, Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Andreas Lilja, Kirk Maltby (4), Chris Osgood (3), Brian Rafalski (3), Mikael Samuelsson, Brad Stuart, Henrik Zetterberg (right).

Ducks with Stanley Cup bling: Francois Beauchemin, Ryan Carter, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Bret Hedican, Ryan Getzlaf, Todd Marchant, Drew Miller, Rob Niedermayer, Scott Niedermayer (4), George Parros, Corey Perry, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne.

Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: In the past two postseasons combined, Johan Franzen has 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 20 games.

Something worthwhile about the Ducks: Along with Washington's Simeon Varlamov, Anaheim's Jonas Hiller (right) leads the playoffs with two shutouts.

Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Andy Bathgate holds the franchise record for most power-play goals in a single playoff series. He had five in six games in 1966 against the rival Blackhawks.

Something useless about the Ducks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: With four assists in six playoff games, Ryan Whitney is one of six former Penguins defensemen to have scored a playoff point for Anaheim. The others are Dmitri Mironov (11 points), J.J. Daigneault (nine points), Rick Jackman (2), Fredrik Olausson (2) and Dan Trebil (1).

Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Ty Conklin, G; Marian Hossa, RW; Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Former Penguins on the Ducks: Randy Carlyle, head coach; Erik Christensen, C; Ryan Whitney, D.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Marian Hossa. The Red Wings were able to overwhelm the hapless Blue Jackets in the first round due to superior skill and experience. They don't have any sort of experience edge on the Ducks who won the Stanley Cup two years ago. Detroit's depth at forward will need to overwhelm the Ducks' substantial depth on defense to claim a win.

Who needs to be the difference for the Ducks: Hiller. The Ducks were able to beat the top-seeded Sharks despite being outshot 230-156 in the first-round series. Most of that was due to Hiller who replaced Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, as the full-time goaltender for the playoffs. He'll need to stay hot in order for the Ducks to score another upset.

Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Steve Yzerman doing whatever he can to support the American auto industry in arguably the sweetest jacket ever:

Best Ducks YouTube Video We Could Find: This pretty nifty backhanded goal by current Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, then a member of the Mighty Ducks:

EN Prediction: Red Wings 4-3. While the Ducks showed a lot of guts in knocking off the top-seeded Sharks, trying to eliminate the playoff-proven Red Wings is a whole other ball of wax. Unlike the Sharks, the Red Wings know what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. But they also know what it's like to lose to the Ducks, which they did in the 2007 Western Conference final. Anaheim has the depth on defense and the right amount of physical play to combat Detroit's skill. This will be the most even series in the second round, but we see Detroit having an edge.

(Photos: Zetterberg-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Hiller-Harry How/Getty Images)

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