Canucks At Red Wings Game Preview: Bieksa Returns Vs The Big Red Machine

CANUCKS
DEAD THINGS

AT

Time Wed. 4:30 PM PST
TV RIS, Versus, TSN
Season Series 2-1 Red Wings
Last Meeting
2-1 Wings (Jan.08/11)
The Enemy
Winging It In Motown 
Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 38-55-93 Zetterberg: 21-52-73
Canucks
Category   Wings
47-17-9 Season Record 43-21-9
1st
Conference Position 2nd
Lost 1
Streak Lost 2
22-9-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
19-11-5
8-2-0
Last 10 4-3-3
+66
Goals For / Against +/- +28
3.20 (1)
Goals Per Game 3.19 (2)
2.29 (1)
Goals Against Per Game 2.81 (18)
1.26 (2)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.08 (13)
24.8 (1)
Power Play %
21.9 (4)
86.0 (1)
Penalty Kill %
83.3 (11)
32.1 (6)
Shots Per Game 33.3 (2)
30.2 (13)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.3 (14) 
82.2 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 73.7 (9)
90.9 (4)
Winning % When Leading After 1 79.2 (9) 
21.4 (17)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 32.1 (7)
891.7 (8)
Winning % When Leading After 2 86.2 (15) 
1623 (16)
Hits 1549 (21) 
976 (22)
Blocked Shots
818 (29)
55.1 (1)
Faceoffs % 52.0 (4)
11.3 (12)
PIM's Per Game Average
8.8 (1) 
NHL.com

Another potential playoff matchup! I love these games. The Canucks did well against the Sharks almost 2 weeks ago and now face a Detroit team that has injury problems of their own. Not on D though. Up front (see below). That doesn't mean they aren't dangerous, as the last meeting proved (see video below).

Good news! No more big breaks in between games the final 9 will happen every second night except for a 2-day break between April 2-5, a back to back vs Edmonton.

More Good news! Kevin Bieksa will return to the lineup after missing 15 games with that foot injury! Woo! I have loved that Hamhuis-Bieksa combo all year. Just think, they are a combined +53! After missing all those games KB3 is still 3rd on the team in +/-. Also, Daniel Sedin WILL play. Michael Samuelsson WILL NOT face his former team. He's banged up apparently with a lower body injury. Tanner Glass is questionable with a rib injury.

The Wings are saying that if this was a playoff game the forwards missing from the lineup would be playing, leading Ben Kuzma of the Province to believe that the Wings do not believe they will catch the Canucks for first overall. Of course, Babcock denies it, but that 8 point differential paints a near definitive picture. Nothing is impossible but it will just take a lot of Canucks losses for them to lose the Western Crown.

The Canucks' power play has cooled off just a tad. Nothing doing in their past 2 games and 3 power play goals against. We'll see how that plays

out against the Wings.


PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 54 3230 33 14 120 2.23 1595 1475 .925 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jimmy Howard 56 3209 34 14 149 2.79 1620 1471 .908 2

 

RED WINGS KILLERS:

-Daniel Sedin: 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games vs Detroit this season

-Henrik Sedin: 1 goal and 4 assists vs Detroit

-Ryan Kesler: 6 assists in 3 games vs Wings!

CANUCKS KILLERS:

-Dan Cleary: 2 goals and 1 assist in 2 games vs Canucks this season

-Niklas Kronwall: 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 games vs Van

-Brian Rafalski: 4 assists in 3 games

-Henrik Zetterberg: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 vs Canucks. El bastardo!!

 

WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 6 goals and 8 assists in his last 8!

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 9 assists in his last 8!

-Mikael Samuelsson: 7 assists in his last 7. Not playing tonight. Boo.

-Christian Ehrhoff: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 4.

-Ryan Kesler: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 5


COLD

-Mason Raymond: 2 goals in his last 14. MayRay, snap out of it.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 16. Jeezus.

 

RED WINGS

HOT

-Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula: 3 goals and 1 assist in their last 4 games

-Daniel Cleary: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 2

COLD

-Patrick Eaves: 1 assist in his last 13 games

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back surgery

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

-F Tanner Glass: ribs

-F Manny Malhotra: eye. Out for season

-F Mikael Samuelsson: lower body

 

RED WINGS

-Todd Bertuzzi: back pain. Uh-oh, he has chronic back problems

-Pavel Datsyuk: lower body

-Johan Franzen: groin. PHEW, one less pain in the ass in front of the net.

-Jiri Hudler: neck/shoulder/illness. Are they all connected?

 

VIDEO

The Last Meeting went to a shootout. Damn, the Wings were missing a bunch of guys then too:

This is how it's done vs Detroit:

OT: Wife prank gone wrong (warning: language)

GO CANUCKS GO!

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