Preview: Red Wings continue on the road in Anaheim

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The Detroit Red Wings play their second road game in two nights when they travel to Anaheim to play the Ducks.  The game was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was rescheduled because of COVID concerns with players on Anaheim.

This is the first of two games this month between the two teams. The Red Wings are coming off of a brutal 4-0 to Los Angeles last night.

Game time at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA is 8:00 PM ET.

Rookie Zegras is expected to play tonight

Tonight will be the first time the top three NHL rookie scorers have played against each other at the NHL level. Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider and now Trevor Zegras have alll been named Rookies of the Month after Zegras was recently honored for December.

Detroit Red Wings super rookie, Lucas Raymond, leads all rookie scorers with 10 goals, 19 assists, and 29 points in 35 games.  Raymond has a +1 rating, six power play points, and 69 shots on goal for the season.

The Anaheim Ducks are the surprise team in the Pacific Division this year.  They are led by rookies Trevor Zegras and defenseman Jamie Drysdale.  Zegras is currently 2nd in NHL rookie scoring.  In 31 games, Zegras has eight goals, 17 assists, and 25 points.  Zegras has a -8 rating, six power play points, and 73 shots on goal for the season.  Drysdale has also been terrific for Anaheim.  In 37 games, Drysdale has scored three goals, 13 assists, and 16 points.  Drysdale currently has a -5 rating, five power play points, and 58 shots on the season.

Third in rookie scoring and the top rookie defenseman is Moritz Seider of the Red Wings.  In 35 games, Seider has three goals, 19 assists, and 22 points.  Seider has a an even +/- rating, eight power play points, and 62 shots on goal on the season.  Check out Moritz Seider late in the game with an empty net!!!

Red Wings Notes

  • Detroit are currently 5th in the Atlantic Division with a 16-16-3 record
  • The Red Wings special teams are currently ranked 27th in the NHL, PP 14.0%, PK 77.7%
  • Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 16 goals and 32 points in 31 games
  • Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider lead the Red Wings with 19 assists each
  • Seider leads all Detroit defensemen in scoring with 22 points in 35 games
  • Tyler Bertuzzi continues to lead the Red Wings with a +12 rating
  • Thomas Greiss is expected to start and has an 6-9-0 record, 3.41 GAA, and .895 SV% in 15 games

Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Michael Rasmussen

Vladislav Namestnikov – Joe Veleno – Adam Erne

Givani Smith – Sam Gagner – Filip Zadina

Defensemen

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider

Marc Staal – Gustav Lindstrom

Goaltenders

Thomas Greiss (starter)

Alex Nedeljkovic

Not in lineup

Carter Rowney (healthy), Jordan Oesterle (healthy)

Ducks Notes

  • Anaheim are currently 2nd in the Pacific Division with a 18-12-7 record
  • The Ducks special teams are currently ranked 2nd in the NHL, PP 27.8%, PK 85.6%
  • Troy Terry leads Anaheim with 21 goals and 35 points in 36 games
  • Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 20 assists in 29 games
  • Isac Lundestrom leads Anaheim with a +8 rating
  • Rookie goaltender Lukas Dostal is expected to get his first NHL start tonight gainst Detroit

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Forwards

Sonny Milano – Trevor Zegras – Jacob Perreault

Maxime Comtois – Isac Lundestrom – Troy Terry

Rickard Rakell – Sam Steel – Jakob Silfverberg

Nicolas Deslauriers – Benoit-Olivier Groulx – Buddy Robinson

Defensemen

Cam Fowler – Josh Manson

Kevin Shattenkirk – Jamie Drysdale

Simon Benoit – Greg Pateryn

Goaltenders

Lukas Dostal (starting)

Anthony Stolarz

Not in lineup

Sam Carrick (Covid-19), Derek Grant (Covid-19), Hampus Lindholm (Covid-19), Josh Mahura (lower body), Vinni Vettieri (Covid-19), John Gibson (Covid-19), Adam Henrique (lower body)

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