NHL Preview 10-08-19: Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings

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9  Anaheim Ducks  – 120  – 1.5 (+ 230)

10  Detroit Red Wings  5.5  + 1.5 (- 280)

The combination of Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi has powered the Detroit Red Wings to two season-opening victories.

That top line will try to stay hot against the Anaheim Ducks at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Mantha enjoyed a career night on Sunday, scoring all of his team’s goals in a 4-3 victory over Dallas in Detroit’s home opener. The Wings’ first line produced four of the five goals in a 5-3 season-opening triumph at Nashville on Saturday.

Mantha’s four-goal night was the first by a Red Wings player since Johan Franzen achieved the feat in February 2011. He already has five goals and two assists.

“I think I just have a better mentality of putting pucks on net,” he told NHL.com. “What’s the shooting percentage in this league? Nine percent? Out of 10 shots you maybe score one. I just try to get that percentage for myself higher. Eight shots, four went in. Maybe next game, I take eight shots and none go in. I just need to keep shooting as much as I can.”

Mantha, a right wing, collected 25 goals and 23 assists in 67 games last season. He missed 15 games due to a broken hand suffered in a fight.

“I love the guy, I think he’s a great teammate. He’s playing well right now,” Larkin said on NHL.com. “When he’s hot, he can be one of the best in the world. We’re seeing that right now. He’s fun to play with. He’s in that zone.”

Larkin, generally considered the team’s top player, has a goal and three assists. The hard-nosed Bertuzzi scored twice in Nashville and has three assists in Detroit’s two games.

“We talked about it last night. Confidence is just there since last year,” Mantha said of the first line.

“Playing with Bert and Larks, I can’t praise them enough. They’re playing unreal hockey right now. Us three as a line, playing great hockey. It’s just bounces are coming our way and we need to take advantage of them.”

The Red Wings are hopeful of getting another offensive threat, Andreas Athanasiou, back in action. He missed the first two games with an undisclosed injury.

The Ducks have relied on a stingy defense and strong goaltending to win their first two games. They downed Arizona 2-1 in their opener, then edged San Jose 3-1 on Saturday. John Gibson has made 67 saves.

Their game in Detroit kicks off a four-game road trip.

“That was a lot of fun, when you are playing with speed and everyone is on the same page and you are playing with the puck,” forward Devin Shore told NHL.com after the win over the Sharks. “I think you can ask any player, that is when it is the most fun. Nobody likes to be stuck in their own end or fighting to get the puck back. When we are playing and working for each other, it is a lot of fun out there.”

Like Detroit, Anaheim finished below .500 last season. Head coach Dallas Eakins is encouraged by his team’s determination in the early going.

“We want to be real humble and in the same breath be very, very hungry,” he said. “I thought our men did a great job of both (Saturday).”

Detroit Red Wings: Media Notes

LAST GAME
DET 4 vs. DAL 3 (10/6/19)
1ST PERIOD: DAL Hintz (Heiskanen, Khudobin) 10:57-EV; DAL Seguin (Oleksiak) 16:49-EV
2ND PERIOD: DET Mantha (Hirose, Cholowski) 0:48-PP; DET Mantha (DeKeyser, Hronek) 9:43-EV
3RD PERIOD: DET Mantha (Larkin, Bertuzzi) 0:15-EV; DAL Hintz (Janmark, Sekera) 0:48-EV; DET Mantha (Hronek, Larkin) 19:06-EV
SHOTS: DET 33 (8-11-14) / DAL 22 (8-6-8)
GOALIES: DET Bernier (W, 19-22) / DAL Khudobin (L, 29-33)
PP: DET 1-8 / DAL 0-2

MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since)
Jonathan Ericsson – Upper Body (2 / Oct. 5)
Andreas Athanasiou – Lower Body (2 / Oct. 5)
Total Man Games Lost: 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
10/6 – Acquired D Alex Biega from VAN for LW David Pope…Placed D Trevor Daley and D Jonathan Ericsson on IR
10/7 – Recalled LW Ryan Kuffner, RW Evgeny Svechnikov, D Alex Biega and D Oliwer Kaski from Grand Rapids…Placed LW
Andreas Athanasiou (retroactive to 9/20) and C Frans Nielsen on IR…Placed RW Johan Franzen and C Henrik Zetterberg on LTIR
10/8 – Assigned LW Ryan Kuffner and D Oliwer Kaski to Grand Rapids…Removed LW Andreas Athanasiou from IR

RED WINGS vs. DUCKS
TONIGHT: 88th all-time meeting, 44th in DET…1st of 2 games this season, only game in DET

ALL-TIME vs. ANA: 52-24-7-4 / HOME: 33-7-3-0 / LAST 10: 4-4-2 / IN 2018-19: 1-0-1
DET top scorers vs. ANA: Trevor Daley (4-14-18 in 66 GP), Valtteri Filppula (7-9-16 in 36 GP), Frans Nielsen (5-5-10 in 18 GP), Mike
Green (2-6-8 in 13 GP), Justin Abdelkader (4-4-8 in 21 GP)
ANA top scorers vs. DET: Ryan Getzlaf (11-31-42 in 39 GP), Adam Henrique (6-5-11 in 16 GP), Rickard Rakell (3-5-8 in 9 GP), Jakob
Silfverberg (2-5-7 in 12 GP), Nicolas Deslauriers (5-2-7 in 15 GP)

FIRSTS: Jonathan Bernier won his NHL debut with LA on 9/29/07 vs. ANA…Luke Glendening registered his 1st NHL point/assist on 12/17/13 vs. ANA

NOTES: DET G Jonathan Bernier was 21-7-4 with a 2.50 GAA and 0.915 SV% in 39 games with ANA in 2016-17…ANA has 3 Michigan natives: F Max Jones (Rochester), D Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills) and G Ryan Miller (East Lansing)…Fowler (2007-09), Jones (2014-15), F Troy Terry (2014-15) and G John Gibson (2009-11) each played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor/Plymouth…ANA F Rickard Rakell had 151 points in 149 games with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers from 2010-13…ANA F Derek Grant spent 2 seasons at Michigan State and totaled 63 points (20-43-64)…DET has 3 ties to ANA in their hockey operations department: director of player development/assistant director of player personnel Shawn Horcoff played for ANA in 2015-16, picking up 15 points in 59 games; assistant coach Doug Houda appeared in 24 games with ANA in 1997-98; assistant coach Dan Bylsma had 32 points in 209 games with ANA from 2000-04.

RECENT RECAPS
Oct. 6 vs. DAL – 4-3 W
DET overcame a 2-0 1st period deficit to improve to 2-0 this season…DET has points in 7-straight home openers (6-0-1) and has won 9 of their last 11 home openers (9-1-1) with an overall mark of 52-31-9-1…Anthony Mantha scored all 4 of DET’s goals, marking his 2nd career hat trick – (more Mantha stats are listed below)…The line of Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Mantha has combined for 55 points in its last 10 games, dating back to the end of 2018-19…Filip Hronek picked up 2 assists for his 5th career multi-point game… Valtteri Filppula skated in his 950th NHL game…Trevor Daley exited the game in the 2nd period due to a lower-body injury.

Oct. 5 at NSH – 5-3 W
DET beat NSH for the 10th time in the teams’ last 11 meetings and has won 6-straight in NSH…Tyler Bertuzzi racked up a careerbest 4 points (2-2-4)

FANTASTIC FOUR
Anthony Mantha was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Monday after racking up 7 points (5-2-7) in his first 2 games, including a 4 goals on Oct. 6 vs. DAL, which represented a long list of accolades:
* 2nd career hat trick and 2nd in his last 6 regular-season games (3/31/19 vs. BOS)
* 1st natural hat trick for DET since Henrik Zetterberg (3/19/08 vs. CBJ)
* 1st 4-goal game for DET since Johan Franzen’s 5-goal game (2/2/11 at OTT)
* 1st 4-goal game for DET at home since Brendan Shanahan (3/15/01 vs. CGY)
* Give him the 3rd-most points in franchise history in DET’s first 2 games of a season behind Carl Liscombe (3-6-9 in 1942-43) and Syd Howe (2-6-8 in 1944-45)
* 6th player in franchise history to have a hat trick in a home opener (and 2nd to score 4), and the 3rd to do so in the last 5 years: Mike Green (2016), Justin Abdelkader (2015), Brendan Shanahan (1998), Adam Brown (1945) and John Sorrell (who had 4 in 1933)
* 1st player to score all of DET’s goals in a win with more than 4 goals scored since Sergei Fedorov (all 5 goals in a 5-4 OTW on
12/26/96 vs. WSH)
Dating back to the final 8 games of 2018-19, DET’s top line ranks among the highest scoring players in the NHL. Below is a list of the NHL’s top regular-season scorers from 3/23/19 to now:

FINE FINNS
DET C Valtteri Filppula returned to the organization this offseason after 6 seasons away from the team and after skating in his 950th NHL game on 10/6 vs. DAL, is approaching another games played milestone:
Most Games Played by a Finnish-Born Player, NHL History
1) Teemu Selanne – 1,451
2) Teppo Numminen – 1,372
3) Jari Kurri – 1,251
4) Olli Jokinen – 1,231
5) Saku Koivu – 1,124
6) Kimmo Timonen – 1,108
7) Jyrki Lumme – 985
8) Mikko Koivu – 975
9) Jussi Jokinen – 951
10) Valtteri Filppula – 950

UPCOMING MILESTONES
* Abdelkader’s next point with mark his 250th
* Athanasiou is 2 GP shy of 250
* Filppula is 5 points shy of 500 (NHL)

A WINNING TRADITION IN HOCKEYTOWN
Since Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the Red Wings in 1982, DET has won a combined 1,654 regular season and playoff games, more than any other franchise in the NHL. Detroit has also won an NHL-best 1,172 games since 1995-96, with 1,027 regular-season wins and 145 playoff victories – over 100 wins more than the next closest team.

Anaheim Ducks: Media Notes

OCTOBER 5, 2019 – ANAHEIM 3 vs. SAN JOSE 1
The Ducks improved to 2-0-0 to start a season for the fourth time in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center…Anaheim became one of four Western Conference teams to begin the season 2-0-0, joining Vegas, Edmonton and Colorado…Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique each scored their first goals of the season in the second period to give Anaheim a two-goal lead it would not relinquish…Getzlaf’s tally represented his 51st career game-winning goal, which ranks third among all-time franchise leaders behind only Teemu Selanne (77) and Corey Perry (64)…Michael Del Zotto opened the scoring for Anaheim with his first goal as a Duck at the 14:32 mark of the first period…Ondrej Kase recorded a game-best +3 rating along with a team-high two points (0-2=2), marking his fifth career multi-assist game…Hampus Lindholm became the first Duck to record points in his first two games of 2019-20 (0-2=2) with an assist on Getzlaf’s GWG…John Gibson made 35 saves to earn his second victory in as many contests. PP: 0-2 PK: 0-4 SF: 33 SA: 36 TOI: Hampus Lindholm (25:08) Three Stars: 1. Kase 2. Lindholm 3. Getzlaf

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Sept. 23 – Assigned D Dawson Davidson, RW Alex Dostie, G Roman Durny, G Olle Eriksson Ek, LW Brent Gates Jr., LW Luke Gazdic, RW Johno May, D Scott Moldenhauer, C Antoine Morand, C Conor Riley, D Steven Ruggiero, RW Deven Sideroff, and RW Corey Tropp to San Diego (AHL)…assigned D Mathew Hill to Barrie (OHL) and C Chase Wouters to Saskatoon (WHL)…assigned G Lukas Dostal to Ilves (Finnish Elite League).
Sept. 26 – Assigned C Alex Broadhurst, D Hunter Drew, D Zack Hayes, RW Justin Kloos, LW Jack Kopacka, D Patrick Sieloff, D Chris Wideman, and G Anthony Stolarz to San Diego (AHL).
Oct. 1 – Assigned D Simon Benoit, G Kevin Boyle, C Sam Carrick, LW Chase De Leo, D Jani Hakanpaa, D Josh Mahura, LW Andreas Martinsen, RW Andrew Poturalski, RW Kiefer Sherwood and RW Daniel Sprong to San Diego (AHL).
Oct. 3 – Assigned LW Max Comtois and C Isac Lundestrom to San Diego (AHL).
Oct. 5 – Recalled C Isac Lundestrom from San Diego (AHL).
Oct. 7 – Recalled LW Max Comtois from San Diego (AHL)

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks begin their first road trip of the 2019-20 regular season tonight vs. the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena (4:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830)…with an all-time record of 946-771-269, the Ducks are only 14 games shy of their 2,000th game in franchise history, which is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3 vs. Chicago…in addition, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is only two appearances from tying Corey Perry (988) for the all-time franchise lead in games played…other milestones in reach tonight include Derek Grant one appearance to 100 games as a Duck…the Ducks have 22 consecutive penalty kills dating to the preseason, including a perfect 5-for-5 mark in the regular season…only five teams have a perfect PK% this season and only two of those clubs have more PK opportunities than the Ducks (Vegas, 10; Vancouver 6)…Anaheim (2 GA) is also one of only three NHL teams to limit the opposition to two goals or less through the first two games, joining Boston (1 GA) and Vegas (2 GA)…following tonight’s game, the Ducks will continue their road trip with stops in Pittsburgh (Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. PT), Columbus (Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. PT) and Boston (Monday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. PT)…Anaheim’s next home game is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 16 vs. BUF (7 p.m. PT). DUCKS-RED WINGS: Anaheim and Detroit kick off a two-game season series tonight at Little Caesars Arena…the Ducks are 28-47-12 all-time vs. the Red Wings, along with a 7-28-8 mark in Detroit…Anaheim has won two of their last three games (2-1-0) and three of the last five vs. Detroit (3-2-0)…exactly one year ago, the Ducks celebrated their 25th Anniversary Season Home Opener with a 3-2 shootout win over the Red Wings in front of the 400th sellout in franchise history (17,436) at Honda Center…playing the same opponent as their inaugural game on Oct. 8, 1993, the Ducks tied the contest in both the second and third periods before Troy Terry clinched the win with the lone shootout goal…John Gibson stopped 19-of-21 shots and all three shootout attempts, while Jakob Silfverberg and Hampus Lindholm provided the goals in regulation…Ryan Getzlaf paces Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Detroit with 11-31=42 points in 39 career games, including points in seven of his last eight games (2-6=8)…these two teams will renew acquaintances to conclude their season series Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT).

DUCKS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS:
Max Comtois: Comtois and Anthony Mantha are both from Longueuil, QC.
Michael Del Zotto: Del Zotto and Jimmy Howard were both named to the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team.
Cam Fowler: Represented Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2012 World Championship with Jimmy Howard…growing up in nearby Farmington Hills, Fowler played youth hockey for the Honeybaked program in Detroit from 2005-07.
Ryan Getzlaf: Won gold at the 2003 IIHF U-18 World Championship and silver at the 2008 IIHF World Championship with Mike Green.
John Gibson: Represented Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Dylan Larkin.

Max Jones: Was born in 25 miles north of Detroit in Rochester, MI.
Adam Henrique: Won silver the 2019 IIHF World Championship for Team Canada with Anthony Mantha.
Hampus Lindholm: Won gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championship and silver at the 2012 IIHF U-18 World Championship with Jacob de la Rose.
Ryan Miller: Represented Team USA with Jimmy Howard at the 2014 Olympic Games.
Rickard Rakell: Won gold at the 2017 IIHF World Championship and silver at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with Jacob de la Rose…earned gold at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship with Patrick Nemeth…also played with Nemeth for AIK J-18 (Sweden) from 2008-10.
Devin Shore: Played with Patrick Nemeth in the Dallas Stars organization for three seasons (2014-17).
Jakob Silfverberg: Helped Team Sweden to the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with Jonathan Ericsson.

OPENING STREAKS: The Ducks extended their win streak in season openers to three consecutive games following a 2-1 win vs. the Coyotes Oct. 3 at Honda Center…among NHL teams, only the Tampa Bay Lightning (6), Philadelphia Flyers (4) and Colorado Avalanche (4) have longer active win streaks in season-opening games…Anaheim’s streak began with a 5-4 win Oct. 5, 2017 vs. Arizona and continued with a 5-2 victory Oct. 3, 2018 at San Jose…the Ducks had never posted a win streak in season openers longer than two games prior to this season.

2019 PRESEASON: The Anaheim Ducks concluded the 2019 preseason with a 4-1-1 record, tied for second place in the Pacific Division with Calgary and Los Angeles…only Nashville (11 GA) allowed fewer preseason goals than Anaheim (12 GA)…the Ducks finished the preseason with 17 consecutive penalty kills, and ranked tied for fourth among NHL teams in PK% (92.3%)…Jakob Silfverberg collected 3-1=4 points to lead the Ducks in preseason scoring for the second consecutive year…Silfverberg also led the club in goals, while Ryan Getzlaf led in assists (3).

HOW THE DUCKS WERE BUILT: Anaheim’s 2019-20 roster includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders…the roster consists of 11 Canadians, six Americans, four from Sweden, one from the Czech Republic and one from Germany…for the first time since the start of 2015-16, the Ducks did not have a player on the season-opening roster who had yet to make his NHL debut.

Returning players from 2018-19:
Max Comtois – LW
Michael Del Zotto – D
Cam Fowler – D
Ryan Getzlaf – C
John Gibson – G
Derek Grant – C
Brendan Guhle – D
Adam Henrique – C
Korbinian Holzer – D
Max Jones – LW
Ondrej Kase – RW
Jacob Larsson – D
Hampus Lindholm – D
Isac Lundestrom – C
Josh Manson – D
Ryan Miller – G
Rickard Rakell – LW
Nick Ritchie – LW
Carter Rowney – C
Devin Shore – LW
Jakob Silfverberg – RW
Troy Terry – RW
Acquired via trade:
Nicolas Deslauriers – LW