Previewing the Ducks

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This is what we’ve been waiting for all summer.  The drop of the puck in regular season.  Red Wings opening night.

Here are the lines, courtesy of Khan:

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Franzen-Filppula-Bertuzzi
Hudler-Modano-Cleary
Miller-Helm-Eaves

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Stuart-Rafalski
Kronwall-Salei

Howard
Osgood

I can’t find an official lineup for the Ducks anywhere, but looking at their roster the most important thing will be managing their top 6.  A no brainer, really.  The interesting part is their defense.  With Pronger and Niedermayer gone it’s not exactly a strong blueline, so the Wings should be able to take advantage of that fact.  Then they’ll just have to focus on getting pucks past Hiller.

What I’m looking forward to:
Dude.  Red Wings hockey.  That’s enough for me.  But I’m also stupidly excited to see the Circus line back together.  They looked great during the pre-season, and I’m expecting them to make some magic.  I’m also really eager to see Modano’s first real game with the Wings.

Who I’m looking at to have a good game:
Howard and Ericsson.  I think we’re all anxious to see if Howard shows any signs of a sophomore slump, or if he comes out of the gate as strongly as he ended last season.  Ericsson was atrocious in the pre-season, but playing with Lidstrom should help bolster him, and hopefully he can just work on getting back to the basics.

Which reminds me that The Jonathan Ericsson Watch is kicking off tonight at 1 game.  You can, however, still get your over/unders in if you’re so inclined.  Closest guess will win… something.  Something awesome.

LGRW.

Posted by EM   @   8 October 2010 0 comments
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