|Time||Wed. 4:30 PM PST
||TV||RIS, Versus, TSN
|Season Series||2-1 Red Wings
||2-1 Wings (Jan.08/11)|
Winging It In Motown
: 38-55-93 Zetterberg: 21-52-73|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+28
||Goals Per Game||3.19 (2)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.81 (18)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||1.08 (13)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||33.3 (2)
||Shots Against Per Game||30.3 (14)
||Winning % When Scoring First||73.7 (9)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||79.2 (9)
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||32.1 (7)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||86.2 (15)
||Faceoffs %||52.0 (4)
||PIM's Per Game Average
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
|2010 - Roberto Luongo||54||3230||33||14||120||2.23||1595||1475||.925||3|
|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!
-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
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!