Ducks seek to close disappointing homestand on a high note – Daily News

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In the middle of the past decade, when the Ducks were Stanley Cup contenders under Bruce Boudreau, they divided their goals for the season into one-week increments, whereas with first-year coach Greg Cronin, they’ve taken things very much game by game.

However even-keel the Ducks have been to this point, Sunday’s showdown with the Detroit Red Wings will have added emphasis as the Ducks seek to finish a heretofore calamitous eight-game homestand on a high note.

“Yeah, I’ve already talked to them about it. We’ve got to try and win Sunday,” said Cronin, whose club hasn’t been an ideal host with a 1-5-1 record since Dec. 21. “We’ve got to try and win every game and the home games, obviously, I’ve told them all the time, our crowds have been impressive. People show up every game. They want to see wins. They want to drive home feeling good about themselves.”

The Ducks turned in a sound albeit unsuccessful effort against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in a 3-1 loss. The Jets ascended to the top of the NHL standings while knocking the Ducks further toward the bottom, with only the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks possessing lower points totals.

When the Red Wings and Ducks met in Detroit last month, the Ducks built a commanding 4-0 lead but wound up clinging to a one-goal edge for the final two and a half minutes of the contest.

The Ducks have not had a full complement of players at any point this season. They got the muscle of Radko Gudas and Ross Johnston back Friday but found themselves without Max Jones for most of the night after he sustained an upper-body injury in the first period. He did not practice Saturday.

They were already without Troy Terry, Ryan Strome and Leo Carlsson when Jones went down.

Terry’s stint on injured reserve could end Sunday both technically, since he’s eligible to come off IR, and substantively, as he’s skated a couple days in a row after sustaining an upper-body injury Nov. 29 as a result of an accidental collision with Mason McTavish. Strome also skated both days but missed Friday’s game just the same as he dealt with the upper-body injury he sustained in a loss to Edmonton during which he fought Mattias Ekholm. All three are day to day, and Jones should be considered doubtful for Sunday. Carlsson remained on the mend from a knee injury sustained in a 3-0 loss to Calgary last month.

For the Red Wings’ part, the one-time rivals have been through a lot since they last met the Ducks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013. They switched conferences in 2014, concluded their staggering string of 25 straight postseason appearances in 2017 and hired Steve Yzerman as general manager in 2019.

Yzerman, who won three Stanley Cups as Detroit’s captain, has the Red Wings in hot pursuit of their first playoff berth in seven years. Newcomers Alex DeBrincat and Shayne Gostisbehere lead the Wings in overall scoring and points by a defenseman, respectively. The most recent arrival to Detroit is a player fans of the Ducks and every team in the West know all too well.

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