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Ducks ‘are not the favorite’ against the Red Wings

Apr 30, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks finished the lockout-shortened season as the second seed in the Western Conference. Their entry into the Stanley Cup playoffs was never really in doubt.

The Detroit Red Wings, on the other hand, had to fight right down to the final Saturday of the regular season in order to make the playoffs. The last time they did not qualify for the post-season was in 1990, so there was a very impressive streak on the line.

On paper, it would seem as though the Ducks are the favorites heading into this quarter-final, which begins Tuesday in Anaheim.

As one might expect, the Ducks were saying all the right things on Monday, heaping praise on the Red Wings and deflecting any heightened pressure.

“Have you listened to the media the last couple of days?” Ducks forward and captain Ryan Getzlaf told the L.A. Times.

“We are not the favorite, trust me. It’s the same story as the whole season. We’re prepared for that.”

The Red Wings, with a playoff appearance hanging dangerously in the balance down the stretch, found a way to win four straight games to close out the season.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has seen an improvement in his team’s play, but it always helps when you get good goaltending.

On Monday, Red Wings puck stopper Jimmy Howard was named NHL’s first star of the week after posting four straight wins – two of those being shutouts.

 

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Wings in 6 not even kidding. The ducks have been good but the kings had to fight their way to the playoffs. If the ducks want to win, they better skate fast and hit hard.

  2. profsudz - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Not a ducks fan, but this should be easy for them. They only have one ultra-geezer on their team, whereas the wings are so old and crusty that they should fall apart just from having to get out of bed and do some work 4 times in a week and a half

    • paperkid96 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Actually from Quanthockey.com they have the Wings as about .5 years younger on average than the Ducks. The oldest team in the league: The Penguins and there is a good chance their hoisting the cup this year. So the age argument is meaningless if its attached to talent.

    • polegojim - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Prof… get with the program… your comment was accurate… 3 years ago.

    • clefty1 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      You must be still on the crack pipe.. The Wings are far from old and the only thing that is crusty is what your boyfriend left on the outside of your mouth..

  3. ron05342 - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, hockeytown, blah, blah, blah…not a Ducks fans but this should be a cakewalk for them. Ducks in five.

  4. ken49ers - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I guess when the pond is sold out to Wings fans again, just like in the back to back games out there this season, it will be a home game through the whole series for Detroit. Wings in 5. ps- that DeKeyser kid on defense is for real, and Howard has been red hot.

  5. holographicribs - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    What the hell are you talking about, profsudz?

    The average age of the 2012-2013 Ducks: 28.14 years old

    The average age of the 2012-2013 Wings: 28.77 years old

    Glad to see that hockey fans in California are still as clueless as ever.

  6. sjsblitz - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Detroit has been playing stellar lately. They’re healthy, Howard has been on on his game and Zetterberg has been leading by example. Wings iced Anaheim in back to back games the last time they met, and that was back when they were “doing bad”. Wings in 6!

  7. xjokerz - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Wings in 4

  8. benrob99 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I’m not sure why, but I really like the Wings in the first round. However, that’s the ONLY round I like them in.

    • polegojim - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      The Wings build momentum… it’ll be a dog fight for them since they’re still not gelling more than 80% even during their best game this year… but as you can see from the regular season, they can go skate to skate with anyone, including giving the Hawks a run for their money in all but on game.

      Looking forward to it.

      .

  9. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Payback for 2003! The situation looks the same with the teams switching roles. Wings in 4!

  10. clefty1 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The Wings are hot and for once are a lower seeded team that a higher seeded team does not want to face. Z and Pav along with Howard and Franzen have led the way and the others have followed. Dekeyser has helped solidify the Wings D. I am sure the Pond will have plenty of Wings fans cheering them on…

  11. echech88 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Bad matchup for Anaheim. Would have cruised against the Wild but they struggle with Detroit historically.

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