Last night was a tale of two teams on two totally different levels, and with the Wings and Pistons playing on the same night most would assume the Pistons got leveled and the Wings went on business as usual.
But that wasn’t the case as the Ducks shut out the Red Wings 4-0 and the Pistons defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-112.
Things continue to be a struggle for the Red Wings who were again without Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Howard and it showed all over the ice. Joey MacDonald was solid, but was hung out to dry by his defenders on a few occasions as he gives up four goals on 24 shots.
Rookie Kyle Palmieri filled in for the injured Corey Perry and had his first multi-goal game of his career. Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks and for Selanne it was his 660 career goal and also his 1,400 career point. This was the first time the Anaheim franchise had shut out the Wings at home as Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for his 15th career shutout.
In brighter news, the Pistons had two players score 30+ points in a game for the first time since Allen Iverson had 38 and Rip Hamilton had 30 against the Utah Jazz on Dec. 19 2008. Greg Monroe had 32 points and 11 rebounds while Rodney Stuckey had 35 points, fice rebounds and six assists.
Tayshaun Prince also had a big game with 28 points while scoring his 9,000 career point in the game’s opening minutes and rookie Brandon Knight also had a double-double with ten points and 11 assists.
The Pistons had a 31-point swing in this game, going from down 16 with seven minutes remaining in the first half to up 15 with 4:15 remaining in the third. This was the first win for the Pistons on the West Coast since beating the Kings on Nov. 14, 2010.