Wednesday, January 21, 2004

GameDay: @ Anaheim (14-21-7-5, 40) 10:30 EST

Tonight is the third of four games in this season's series between the Wings and the Ducks. The Wings won both games, first 7-2 on December 3 and then 3-1 on January 3. Both games were in Detroit. The Wings are 1-2-1-1 in their last five games and are in the middle of a fairly light slump, though if they don't win tonight, it will become a worse one. They are 9-10-3-2 on the road this year and will be playing the second game of a five-game West Coast trip tonight. They have been having a hard time scoring lately with most of their formerly hot players playing cold lately. The most obvious of these is Brett Hull, who hasn't scored a goal in 19 straight games. The Ducks are on a six-game home winless streak and will try to get a win in the second of three consecutive games they will play at the Pond. They are 0-3-3 at home since shutting out Colorado 1-0 on December 19 and 8-7-5-2 at home overall this year. They lost 5-1 to the Calgary Flames on Monday to begin a period in which they will play six of seven games in their home arena. Sergei Fedorov has just 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points. He is a minus-9 on the season. Curtis Joseph should get the start. Steve Thomas will play tonight, according to Dave Lewis. Kirk Maltby will be a gametime decision after a hit by Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren on Monday. Pavel Datsyuk did not practice yesterday but is supposed to play tonight. Tonight is another good opportunity for the Wings to get some more revenge on the Ducks and Sergei along with being a great chance to get a win against a lesser team. Hopefully they'll work to make up for Monday's game and play hard tonight. They need a win because this trip is too important for them to come out of it with a losing record. Freep | News | ESPN


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