May 4, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Emerson Etem (65) receives congratulations from center Saku Koivu (11) center Nick Bonino (13) and defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6) after scoring as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4) reacts in the third period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Anaheim won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Western Conference Quarterfinals: Anaheim Ducks Look to Remain on Top As Series Gets Physical Against the Detroit Red Wings

Ducks Look to Put Stranglehold on Series Tonight in Detroit

Detroit, MI – This Western Conference Quarterfinals series may have taken a turn in the Ducks favor with Justin Abdelkader‘s hit on Toni Lydman near the end of the second period in game 3. The hit earned Abdelkader a two-game suspension. Many of the Detroit fans thought that the hit was clean and no suspension was warranted. There were many who referred to Lydman as soft or a part of female anatomy.

Aside from this story-line, captain Ryan Getzlaf is the team leader in points with four (2 G, 2 A) and has not seemed to miss a beat from the end of the regular season. Teemu Selanne is looking to add to his goal total as he leads the team with 10 SOG’s.

The Red Wings are looking to regain momentum lost and even up the series before heading back to Anaheim. This will be no small task since losing Danny DeKeyser to a broken thumb. The young defenseman was a spark for the Red Wings. Darren Helm will also be out with injury.

The puck will drop at 5:10 PST at Joe Louis Arena.

Team Stats:

team.teamCommonName Stats team.teamCommonName
3 GP 3
2 W 1
1 L 2
3.67 G/G 2.00
2.00 GA/G 3.67
33.3 PP% 25.0
75.0 PK% 67.7
11.3 PIM/G 14.3
29.3 S/G 25.7
25.7 SA/G 29.3
45.0 FO% 55.0

Previous Series Games:

Date Vis/Home Final
Game 1 DET@ANA ANA, 3 – 1
Game 2 DET@ANA DET, 5 – 4
Game 3 ANA@DET ANA, 4 – 0

Projected Goalie Matchup:

team.teamCommonName team.teamCommonName
Name Jonas Hiller Jimmy Howard
GP 3 3
Wins 1 1
Losses 1 2
SO 1 0
GAA 1.99 3.33
Save % .922 .885

Injury report:

Team Player Type Status
team.teamCommonName Toni Lydman Head Day-to-Day
team.teamCommonName Drew Miller Hand Out For Postseason
team.teamCommonName  Justin Abdelkader Suspension 2 Games
team.teamCommonName Dan DeKeyser Hand Out For Postseason
team.teamCommonName Darren Helm Back Out For Postseason

*On Injured Reserve

Broadcast Info:

Radio:  ESPN 710

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Tags: 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals Anaheim Ducks Danny DeKeyser Darren Helm Detroit Red Wings Drew Miller Jimmy Howard Jonas Hiller Justin Abdelkader Ryan Getzlaf Teemu Selanne Toni Lydman

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