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(2) Ducks - (7) Red Wings preview - 04-30-13

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(2) Ducks vs. (7) Red Wings

Ducks Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ryan Getzlaf, 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists).

Red Wings Leading Regular Season Scorer: Pavel Datsyuk, 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists).

Ducks Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonas Hiller, 15-6-2, 2.36 GAA, .913 SV%.

Red Wings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jimmy Howard, 21-13-7, 2.13 GAA, .923 SV%.

Ducks Regular Season Statistics

Red Wings Regular Season Statistics

Ducks Injuries: Defenseman Lucas Sbisa (lower-body) is questionable. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Red Wings Injuries: Left winger Todd Bertuzzi (back) and right winger Mikael Samuelsson (chest) are questionable. Left winger Drew Miller (hand) is out. Center Darren Helm (back) is on injured reserve.

Ducks with Stanley Cup bling: Francois Beauchemin, D; Ryan Getzlaf, C; Ben Lovejoy, D; Corey Perry (above), RW; Teemu Selanne, RW.

Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Justin Abdelkader, LW; Daniel Cleary, RW; Pavel Datsyuk, C; Jonathan Ericsson, D; Valtteri Filppula, C; Johan Franzen, LW; Darren Helm, C; Jimmy Howard, G; Jakub Kindl, D; Niklas Kronwall, D; Kyle Quincey, D; Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Ducks: The Ducks have the best power-play rate of any Western Conference team in the postseason at 21.5 percent.

Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: The Red Wings had a 4-8 record in overtime or shootout losses this season.

Something useless about the Ducks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Current Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz holds the Ducks  record for points in a period of a postseason game. He recorded three assists in a 5-1 in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal series in 2007.

Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Andy Bathgate holds the Red Wings' record for most power-play goals in one postseason series. He scored five in a semifinal series against the Black Hawks in 1966.

Former Penguins on the Ducks: Nate Guenin, D; Brad Lauer, assistant coach; Ben Lovejoy, D.

Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Who needs to be the difference for the Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. This team is essentially built around these two. They must play their physical brand hockey against the Red Wings and find ways to take advantage of a somewhat vulnerable blue line.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Jimmy Howard (above). Questions have surrounded Howard ever since he took over for Chris Osgood as Detroit's goaltender. In three seasons as the starter, he has yet to lead them past the second round. With several long-time franchise players such as Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom having moved on, the Red Wings must rely on Howard more than ever.

Best Ducks YouTube Video We Could Find: Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne scoring the first postseason goal in Mighty Ducks franchise history in a 4-2 win against the Coyotes in Game 1 of a 1997 Western Conference quarterfinal series:

Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov scoring an impressive short-handed goal against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 3 of a 1992 Norris Division semifinal series:

EN Prediction: This series will be about match-ups. Can the Red Wings star defensive forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk get keep the Ducks' dynamic scoring forwards such as Perry, Getlzaf, Selanne and Bobby Ryan under wraps? These Red Wings aren't the same squad which was the class of the NHL for most of the past two decades. Anaheim is younger and offers a physical edge the aging and short-handed Red Wings won't be able to keep up with. Ducks 4-2.

(Photos: Perry-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Howard-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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