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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 19,515
Ducks in Detroit looking to end 11-game skid
Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings
- The Ducks have lost a franchise-record 11 consecutive games (0-7-4). If they lose again tonight, it will mark the NHL's longest losing streak in a single season in roughly four years -- when Buffalo lost 14 in a row from December 29, 2014, to January 30, 2015.
- The Ducks are 8-3-0 against the Red Wings since the 2013-14 season, but both teams have been pathetic on the power play in that span -- Anaheim is 2-for-35 and Detroit is 1-for-36. The Ducks are 4-for-46 (8.7 percent) in 17 games since December 5, second worst in the NHL (Columbus, 8.3).
- Detroit is a league-worst 2-7-2 at home since the start of December and tied with Chicago for the most home losses in the NHL this season with 16. The Red Wings had gone 11 straight home games without a power-play goal until scoring one in their most recent home game last Tuesday (3-2 loss to Montreal).
- Rickard Rakell has six goals through 33 games -- he recently missed over a month with an ankle injury -- after scoring one Sunday. He had 34 goals in 77 games last season, and his drop of -28 goals to this point in the season is tied for second-worst in the NHL (Eric Staal, -29).
- Tyler Bertuzzi recorded his first career hat trick in Detroit's last game after having only one goal in his previous 18 games. The Red Wings' two hat tricks since the start of the 2017 calendar year -- Frans Nielsen had the other on December 4 -- are tied for the second fewest in the NHL (Ottawa has none).
- Anaheim has blown a third-period lead in each of its last three losses. The Ducks have suffered 14 losses when leading after two periods since the start of last season, most in the NHL.
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The Anaheim Ducks have gone nearly a month without a victory. They'll try once again to break their long winless streak when they visit Detroit to face the Red Wings on Tuesday.
The Ducks are 0-7-4 over their last 11 games, their last victory coming Dec. 17 in Pittsburgh, 4-2. Their latest disappointment came on Sunday, when they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision at Winnipeg.
"We know the position we're in, but we gained a point in a tough place to play," left wing Andrew Cogliano told the team's website shortly after the loss. "We just have to focus on this road trip. We didn't get two points, but it was a good start for the next four. We played a stronger game defensively.
"This is one of the best teams in the league," he added. "We should've won the game, but the point is a good start."
When the Ducks finally do break their losing streak, Cogliano won't be able to enjoy it. He was dealt on Monday morning to the Dallas Stars for center Devin Shore.
The 24-year-old Shore has 29 goals in 209 career games, all with Dallas (23-19-4, 50 points). He has five goals and 12 assists in 42 games this season.
As for the Ducks (19-18-9, 47 points), coach Randy Carlyle is under fire but general manager Bob Murray gave him a vote of confidence in a statement issued after the loss to the Jets.
"While it's not my preference to make comments on this topic during the season, our recent play has led to many questions. Our fans are frustrated, rightfully so, and deserve a response from me," he said. "At this time, I am not considering a coaching change. I am more focused on our players, specifically with who is going to step up in this situation. The way we played (Sunday) was a step in the right direction, but we need much, much more. We have higher expectations for this group, and they should expect more from themselves."
The Wings (17-23-7, 41 points) are in a rebuilding phase but they're feeling a little bit better about themselves after a 5-2 win at Minnesota on Saturday. They had lost 13 of their previous 15 games.
Left wing Tyler Bertuzzi was the star, collecting his first career hat trick. He had two tip-ins and a backhander in front of the net.
"That's his bread and butter for sure (going to the net)," coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after the game. "He's a real good defensive player. He's a real good complementary player with the guys like Larks (Dylan Larkin) and Nyqui (Gustav Nyquist) because he can make a play with them, he's got poise with them. He's real good around the net, he knows how to tip pucks, not just a net presence but knows how to tip pucks."
Another left wing, Thomas Vanek, scored the other two goals. He didn't have a point in the previous three games.
"His effort's been great. It's not an effort thing," Blashill said. "At times, I think he's started to squeeze it a little bit too tight. So good for him to shoot the puck. We need him shooting as much as he can."
Anaheim recorded a 3-2 shootout victory in the first meeting on Oct. 8.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 14, 2019