Ducks Overwhelmed By Barrage Of Shots By Red Wings In Opener

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Ducks Fall 4-0 In Season Opener In Detroit

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Mike Modano scored in his Detroit debut and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to record his fourth career shutout, as the Red Wings dominated the Ducks, 4-0, in the season opener for both clubs at Joe Louis Arena.

Modano, who grew up just 20 minutes from downtown Detroit, had spent his entire career with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise since being drafted by the club with the top overall pick of the 1988 draft. On Friday night, Modano scored the 558th goal of his career in a Red Wings uniform.

Dan Cleary and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which lost in the second round of the playoffs last season to the Sharks. Johan Franzen also lit the lamp for the victors.

Jonas Hiller turned aside 39-of-43 shots for the Ducks, who went 39-32-11 last season to finish 11th in the Western Conference.

It took the Red Wings just over five minutes to get on the board. Valtteri Filppula made a nice pass to Franzen, whose shot from the bottom of the right circle snuck past Hiller.

Detroit made it a 2-0 game just 24 seconds later. Brad Stuart kept the puck in the Ducks' zone along the left boards. His shot from the point was knocked down in the slot by Cleary, who slid a pass to Modano. The 40-year-old fired a wrister past the glove of Hiller.

The Red Wings tacked on another goal at the 5:29 mark of the second period. Datsyuk's shot in front of the net slid under the pads of goaltender.

Cleary lit the lamp with 3:05 remaining in the second to give the Red Wings a four-goal cushion. Datsyuk made a cross-ice pass to Cleary, who got a shot off before crashing into Hiller. The play was reviewed to determine if it was a goal. It was decided that the puck crossed the goal line before the net was dislodged.

Howard made six saves in the first period, nine in the second and six in the third to finish off the shutout.

Game Notes

The Red Wings and Ducks split four meetings last year, with both teams winning twice at home. Detroit has won five straight and 14 of its last 15 at home over Anaheim...Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft, made his NHL debut.


Anaheim Ducks Set To Open Season In Detroit

(Sports Network) - A pair of players set to make homecomings at different stages in their career highlight tonight's battle between the hosting Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings entered last season off of back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances, winning a championship in 2008 before losing a rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins the following year. They then took a step backwards in 2009-10, having a string of eight straight Central Division titles snapped by the Chicago Blackhawks before losing in the second round of the playoffs to the San Jose Sharks.

Detroit, which has made 19 straight trips to the postseason, didn't retool a whole lot this offseason and return an excellent core that includes defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski as well as forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.

Calder Trophy nominee Jimmy Howard is slated to begin the season as Detroit's top netminder after wrestling the job away from Chris Osgood a season ago. Howard posted a 37-15-10 record in 63 games with a 2.26 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

While the Red Wings turnover was minimal, the home fans will be treated to one big debut tonight when Mike Modano steps on the ice for the first time in the regular season in a Red Wings sweater. The 40-year-old was born in Livonia, Michigan, but had spent his entire career with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise since being drafted by the club with the top overall pick of the 1988 draft.

Owner of 557 career goals and 1,359 points, the most ever by an American-born skater, Modano had just 14 tallies in 59 games last year, but will look to get Detroit off on the right foot tonight.

"Last year we had two games overseas [in Sweden] and we came home with no points and anyway you look at it, you want to talk about urgency setting in right away," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "You'd like to get yourself established at home and you'd like to play well."

Detroit will also get Jiri Hudler back in the lineup tonight after he spent last season playing in Russia.

Hoping to spoil the Red Wings home opener will be the Ducks, who are set to debut another local favorite tonight in defenseman Cam Fowler. The 18-year-old was born in Windsor, Ontario, but grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and was grabbed by Anaheim with the 12th pick of the 2010 draft.

Fowler, who will play tonight in front of friends, family and a host of ex- teammates, notched 55 points in 55 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL a season ago.

Fowler will be ushering in a new era on Anaheim's blue line. After trading away Chris Pronger prior to the start of last season the Ducks lost captain Scott Niedermayer this offseason to retirement.

"It's obviously a really exciting time for me and for my family and friends. You dream of the day you can suit up for an NHL hockey club. Now I get a chance to do it in front of my hometown and in front of my friends and family," Fowler told Anaheim's website. "It's just an unbelievable feeling. I have some nerves going right now, some jitters, but it's a huge opportunity for me, so I'm really excited."

Fowler, who is set to become the second-youngest player to step on the ice in Ducks history, is just the latest addition to a young Anaheim squad that missed the postseason for the first time since the lockout last year, but returns a trio of top scorers who are all 25 years old or younger in Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan.

Ryan was inked to a new five-year, $25 million deal this offseason after netting a team-high 35 goals last year, while Getzlaf was named the franchise's eighth captain on Sunday.

Anaheim will have Teemu Selanne in the mix this year after he put off retirement for another season, while Paul Mara, Toni Lydman and Andy Sutton are new additions on defense.

Lydman, though, might not play tonight because of an ongoing case of double vision, while the Red Wings could be without Kris Draper (groin) and Justin Abdelkader (ribs).

Jonas Hiller opens the season as the Ducks starting netminder after Jean- Sebastien Giguere was traded to Toronto in January of the 2009-10 season.

The Red Wings and Ducks split four meetings last year, with both teams winning twice at home. Detroit has won four straight and 13 of its last 14 at home over Anaheim.


Cam Fowler Makes Opening Ducks Roster

The Anaheim Ducks have announced their opening roster, heading into their game Friday night in Detroit against the Red Wings.Included on that roster is 18-year old Cam Fowler, their top pick, 12th overall in this year's NHL draft.

Here is the breakdown:

Goaltenders (2)

Defensemen (7)

Forwards (14)

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times has the injury news:

They placed forwards Joffrey Lupul (blood infection) and Jason Jaffray (knee) on the injured reserve list and designated defenseman Toni Lydman (double vision) as an injured non-roster player.

A club spokesman said Lydman accompanied the team on its trip to Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis so he might be getting closer to being able to play.

The Ducks open their season Friday night in Detroit. After three straight road games to start the year, the Ducks have their home opener on Wednesday, October 13 against the Vancouver Canucks.

For more Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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