Anahem, Calif. — No team in the NHL has more points than the Anaheim Ducks right now.
They’re big, fast, physical, and have a goaltender who is playing out of his mind.
And they never lose on their home ice — well, at least in regulation time.
The Red Wings found all of that out the hard way Sunday, putting forth an admirable effort but losing, 1-0.
“We worked,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “It was tight. They didn’t have much room, either. But they find a way to win every night. We’re not finding a way to win every night.
“We want to be more like them, to be honest with you.”
The Ducks raised their home record to 19-0-2; they are the only team in the NHL yet to lose in regulation time at home.
Anaheim (35-8-5) has won 17 of its last 18 overall (17-1-0) while moving atop the overall NHL standings.
So the point is made — the Ducks are playing incredible hockey.
“They have a good team and they’re real good at home,” forward Patrick Eaves said. “There weren’t many chances. They just got one on us and we hit the post in the third (period).
“But I like the way we battled.”
The Red Wings (20-16-10) fell to 2-2-0 on this trip, which actually returns home now for several practices before it technically ends Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
“We fought hard and we played well enough to win,” forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “But we couldn’t find a way.”
The only offense was created by former Michigan forward Andrew Cogliano in the second period.
Ducks forward Saku Koivu found Cogliano open to the side of defenseman Brendan Smith near the crease after the Red Wings had trouble clearing the puck.
Cogliano tapped the puck past goalie Petr Mrazek for his 15th goal at 12:42.
For Koivu, setting up the goal was a bit of redemption after a penalty-filled evening.
Koivu only had 16 penalty minutes previously all season, but had six through two periods with high-sticking, tripping and holding calls.
Mrazek, giving Jimmy Howard (hip flexor) an evening off, stopped 22 shots but saw his record fall to 1-3-0.
“It was a pretty good game for everybody,” Mrazek said. “We played smart and hard but we just couldn’t get one (goal).”
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller (23-4-4) won his 14th consecutive game while stopping 22 Red Wings shots for his third shutout.
Hiller had some help, though. Justin Abdelkader hit a goalpost, with the puck bouncing tantalizingly wide, late in the third period.
“When we hit the post and it hit him (Hiller), I thought it would go in,” Mrazek said. “But we couldn’t get one.”
Neither power play took advantage of opportunities.
The Red Wings were 0-for-5 with the man advantage and are now 0-for-21 over their last five games.
Anaheim was 0-for-4.
Both teams were missing key players — although for the Red Wings, that’s been a seasonlong issue.
Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) missed his second consecutive gameand joined Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Darren Helm (groin), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (ribs) and Johan Franzen (concussion) on the unavailable list.
But the Ducks had a key, Datsyuk-caliber player of their own missing.
Forward Ryan Getzlaf, who left Saturday’s victory in Phoenix early, was ruled out because of a lower body injury.
“It’s been here for a while,” Zetterberg said of the injury situation.
“It’s nothing new for us. We just have to deal with it. The guys who’ve come up from Grand Rapids have done a great job.”