Posted: 12/17/2013 4:51:56 PM
Wings have lost 5 in a row..Ducks have WON 5 in a row...Wings have already LOST 7 in a row THIS YEAR so it's not outta the question that it can happen again..This is NOT a great time or match-up for Detroit to break this streak especially with another new injury..ANYTIME a team is faced with shuffling the lines yet again, is not good..
Anaheim has WON 7 in a row this year already as well..Only thing that bothers me about them is that very surprisingly they are consistently poor on faceoffs..Detroit sports7 guys with over 50% efficiency on the faceoff (8 including Zetterberg)..Anaheim have 2..When a team loses a faceoff, they probably lose 30 seconds of puck position...For most teams , that can be like digging yourself out of holes all night..Ducks may be very good at converting a high percentage of their faceoff wins to points (that's all I can see)..
Ducks goaltending is very uptown as well..Especially Andersen..
I don't think I would even give the Wings +1.5 on th Puckline in this one..Like I already said, the line juggling is what sways me here..