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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game 5 What to Watch For

May 8th, 2013 at 6:42 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Deadlocked.

That's how to describe the series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks, with both teams having won two games apiece.

Game 5 is tonight at the Honda Center, where the series is now a best-of-three games. Here are some things to watch for.

  • Don't go changin'. Neither Mike Babcock nor Bruce Boudreau are expected to make a lot of changes to their lineups. Babcock will keep Mikael Samuelsson on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, as Justin Abdelkader continues to serve a two-game suspension for charging Toni Lydman. Lydman will continue to sit out for the Ducks.
  • O Captain, My Captain! Zetterberg has yet to find the back of the net this series, which is surprising since he has tallied 18 points in 21 career postseason games against the Ducks. But the lack of goals from Zetterberg only means that he's due.
  • Fil me in. Valtteri Filppula has reportedly drawn more ire for his lack of production than Zetterberg, especially since he had zero shots on goal in Game 4. He will need to be shooting like a mad man tonight.
  • Young guns step up. With his assist on Damien Brunner's game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4, Gustav Nyquist became the second rookie since 2000 to record his first two playoff points in overtime (Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils accomplished that feat last season). Brunner has tallied four points (2 goals, 2 assists), while fellow rookies Brendan Smith and Joakim Andersson have two points apiece.
  • Stealing the show. Despite his team being tied in the series, Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard has been outplayed by Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller in the series. Howard has posted a 2.82 GAA with a .900 save percentage in four games, while Hiller has a 2.10 GAA and a .929 save percentage through four games. Hiller stole the show in Game 3 with a shutout, now Howard needs to do so to prove that he is an elite goaltender.
Tags: Brendan Smith, Damien Brunner, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Joakim Andersson, Mikael Samuelsson, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula

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