The Red Wings flew to Anaheim Thursday for a start of a trip that will include four games in seven days.

By the time they're done, the Wings will have played seven of eight games on the road. Of course, the only home game was Wednesday's 4-2 dud of a loss against Minnesota.

"There's not many home games left and we wanted to make the best of this one," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "But we couldn't do it and there's a tough road trip coming up."

It starts with a scheduling oddity — two consecutive road games in Anaheim.

The Ducks defeated Chicago Wednesday and moved to within three points (51-48) of the Blackhawks for the best record in the league. The Ducks have won seven of their last eight.

Anaheim defeated the Wings 5-2 in the only game between the teams this season.

"I really like how fast they're playing," coach Mike Babcock said of the Ducks. "I like their team. They're finding a way every night to get the job done.

"Obviously, this is a huge trip for us, especially after the game (Wednesday)."

The Red Wings conclude this road trip with games in Phoenix (Monday) and San Jose (Thursday).

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