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Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings: Keys to the series

What the Ducks and Red Wings must do to win their NHL first-round playoff series.

April 29, 2013|By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, right, is checked into the boards by Detroit Red Wings right wing Jordin Tootoo
Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, right, is checked into the boards… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

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DUCKS

They must: maintain consistency on their power play, which ranked fourth in the regular season, trailing only Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; maintain composure, which they failed to do two years ago with spells of undisciplined play in a first-round playoff loss to Nashville; solve Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who holds a 9-3-1 career record against the Ducks.

RED WINGS

They must: get scoring from sources not named Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg — someone like newcomer Damien Brunner, who had 10 goals by Feb. 24 and just two more the rest of the way, or Johan Franzen, who finished strong with seven goals in April; facilitate successful on-the-spot initiations for defensemen Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl and Danny DeKeyser, who have combined to play a total of zero playoff games — 263 fewer than legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired after last season, played in 20 seasons for Detroit.

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