Game 4: Canucks At Red Wings Preview: Hello? Defence?

CANUCKS
RED WINGS

AT

Time Thurs. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Van
Season Series  0 - 0
Last Meeting
2-1 Canucks (Mar. 23/11)
The Enemy Winging It In Motown Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 2-3-5  Datsyuk: 1-2-3
Canucks
Category Red Wings
1-1-1 Season Record 2-0-0
6th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Won 2
1-1-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
1-0-0
-
Last 10 -
-1
Goals For / Against +/- +5
3.33 (11)
Goals Per Game 4.00 (3)
3.33 (23)
Goals Against Per Game 1.50 (2)
1.40 (9)
5 On 5 GF/GA 7.00 (1)
21.4 (9)
Power Play %
0
69.2 (27)
Penalty Kill %
66.7 (28)
0
Winning % When Scoring First 100
0
Winning % When Leading After 1 100
0
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
52.3 (7)
Faceoffs % 45.0 (27)
9.3 (4)
PIM's Per Game Average
6.0 (1) 
NHL.com

So...the Canucks are still offering up the same crap. Ugly starts, strong finishes. I almost find it amazing that they have salvaged 3 points in their last 3 games. On top of that, defensively they don't look very sharp. More like disorganized. Headless chickens. But it's

just a matter of time before it all comes together. It may not be against the Wings, but who knows. Maybe they will tighten up the gaps against a team they are more familiar with. That's what I am expecting.

Do you find yourself missing Ryan Kesler? I try not to. I want anyone not named Sedin or Burrows or Higgins to get it going. To gel. To get the job done without the KesLord. I think Cody Hodgson keeps looking better and better. I think Marco Sturm is in trouble. I wonder how many more chances he'll get. Don't get me wrong though, I am pulling for the guy. Regardless, the team from the goalie out needs a better start against Detroit or may face the same consequences. What's that? Is Cory Schneider starting against Detroit? OK if that's the case everyone from the D - out needs to start better against Detroit. You know damned well the Wings are gonna bring it. And you know damned well Cory brought it in his first game this season.

By the grace of Ken Holland and Little Caesars, we now have our simplicity back. Our Wings are off to a fantastic start. As Hollis so succinctly put it last week, we’re getting down to business. This season isn’t about the emotional buildup of aging veterans being brought home for one last run at the Cup. It’s not about the waning remnants of a decade’s gone dynasty. This team is a bit colder, a bit more "board room." It’s about journeymen finding a home, youngsters making the big club and veterans guiding a franchise in transition. Some of these faces we’ll be watching for the next 80 games, we just don’t know exactly what to think about them yet. We don’t have the history, the baggage…the complexity.

That from The Product Line. Interesting. How different than Vancouver!

Projected Red Wings forward lines against Van (via Detroit Free Press):

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Cleary

Franzen-Filppula-Hudler

Abdelkader-Helm-Bertuzzi

Miller-Emmerton-Holmstrom

Ye Ol' Lidstrom-Ian White

Dik Kronwall-Brad Stuart

Jonathan Ericsson-Jakub Kindl

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The last meeting:

This happened before that game (awwwwwww):

Memories of a birthed rivalry:

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