Ducks Win Two Straight GamesBefore embarking on their first four-date road trek of the new season, the Anaheim Ducks (2-0-0) started the new campaign with two positive domestic results, following up Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes with a 3-1 triumph versus the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on Saturday. Michael Del Zotto (1 goal, 1 point this year), Ryan Getzlaf (1 goal, 1 point) and Adam Henrique (1 goal, 1 point) got the strikes for the Ducks, who have won their opening two outings of the year for the first time since 2016-17.
John Gibson stopped 35 shots to take his current performance tally to 2-0-0 for the rolling year with a 1.00 GAA and a .971 save percentage. He has recorded a 5-4-0 career total against the Detroit Red Wings with a 2.26 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are netting the 10th lowest number of goals per game this year thus far (2.50), while allowing the 2nd lowest amount in their defensive zone (1.00). They are yet to score on power play (0-for-3) and are top of the league in penalty kill (5-for-5).
Mantha Shines For WingsA dream start to the 2019-20 season has happened to the Detroit Red Wings (2-0-0), who triumphed in both opening back-to-back outings, beating the Nashville Predators with a score of 5-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday before snatching a last-minute 4-3 victory versus the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena the following evening. Anthony Mantha (5 strikes, 7 points this year) has been the absolute star of the show, registering a goal and two assists in Smashville before netting four times against Dallas, making him the first player in franchise history to do so in a home opener since John Sorrell did it in 1933.
Goalie Jimmy Howard (1-0-0 on the year with a 3.00 GAA and a .929 save percentage) made 39 saves against the Preds, while Jonathan Bernier (1-0-0 with a 3.00 and a .864 save percentage) stopped 19 shots versus Dallas. Bernier is 8-2-2 in past encounters with Anaheim with a 1.93 GAA and a .936 save percentage, while Howard has gone 11-6-3 against the Ducks historically with a 2.20 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Red Wings are presently scoring the 3rd highest quantity of goals per game (4.50), while conceding the 14th highest amount defensively (3.00). They are 24th in power play (10.0%) and 16th in penalty kill (75.0%).
- Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the Western Conference.
- Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
- Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Ducks are 2-10 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest.