Series (Game 1 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, October 21st
Red Wings3
Game 2: Friday, November 25th
Red Wings1Final
Game 3: Wednesday, March 1st
Red Wings2Final
Game 4: Wednesday, March 15th
Red Wings3

Ducks 2

(2-4-1, 5 pts)

Red Wings 3

(7-1-0, 14 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 21, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 1 12
DET 1 1 13

P. Datsyuk (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Woolley (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Anaheim (2-3-1) at Detroit (6-1-0) 7:30 pm EDT

Anaheim (2-3-1) at Detroit (6-1-0), 7:30 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Mike Babcock could not ask for a better start to his tenure as coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings try to become the first team to win seven games this season when they host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday.

Babcock has led Detroit to six wins in his first seven contests at "Hockeytown" after replacing Dave Lewis, who failed to guide the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup finals in his two seasons as coach.

Jiri Fischer scored his third goal of the season in the final minute of overtime Monday to lead the Red Wings to their third straight victory, a 3-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks.

Kris Draper, the 2003-2004 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, is listed as day-to-day after being hit in the face with a puck in the second period, which led to swelling around his right eye.

Detroit may also be without longtime captain Steve Yzerman, who did not play Monday because of a groin injury.

Anaheim has dropped four of its last five contests, including Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Teemu Selanne and Sandis Ozolinsh scored for the Mighty Ducks.

Sergei Federov, who scored 400 goals and won three Stanley Cup championships in 13 seasons with the Red Wings, has missed the last three games for Anaheim with a strained groin.

The Mighty Ducks have just one victory in their last 14 games at Detroit.