Canucks At Red Wings Preview: Trashed And Scattered

Once again, sometimes you just need to laugh. - toews-makes-funny-faces
Time Monday, 4:30 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 1-0 Detroit
Last Meeting
2-1 Red Wings Oct. 30/13
The Enemy Winging It In Motown Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 13-27-40
Zetterberg: 16-31-47

CANUCKS CATEGORY WINGS
27-20-9 SEASON RECORD 24-19-12
63 POINTS 60
8th CONFERENCE POSITION 8th
LOST 3 STREAK LOST 1
3-7-0 LAST 10 4-4-2
13-11-4 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 10-11-8
-5 GOALS FOR / AGAINST DIFF. -14
1.00 (14) 5 ON 5 GF / GA DIFF. 1.00 (15)
14.0 (28) POWERPLAY % 16.6 (22)
85.6 (4) PENALTY KILL % 82.7 (13)
1104 (26) HITS 1118 (25)
13-5-1 (23) RECORD: LEADING AFTER 1 13-2-5 (25)
17-3-2 (23) RECORD: LEADING AFTER 2 13-2-5 (29)
829 (29) PENALTY MINUTES 500 (4)
NHL.COM

I know Mike Gillis said he wanted to model the Canucks after the Red Wings but I don't think he meant that both teams being so close statistically in a situation like this! Both teams are in 8th spot in their Conference. The Canucks are now only 1 point up on 9th place Phoenix. The Wings are 0 points up on 9th place Philadelphia with a host of other teams breathing down their necks.

John Tortorella makes his return to the team after a 15-day suspension. Some think he can do the Red Foreman thing and insert his foot into their asses. I remain skeptical. I mean, he will put his foot in their ass, but I'm not sure it's going to yield far better results. The Canucks have lost 3 straight and 12 of their last 16 games. It was a painful January to say the least. Now they must soldier on with an injury list of 7 players! Well, it could be less if Henrik Sedin and Tom Sestito return, which is entirely possible. Even so, there are too many players mired in slumps.

2 games in 2 nights. Detroit and then....BOSTON! Hell yea!

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

-Daniel Sedin. 0 goals and 5 assists in his last 15 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 0 goals and 4 assists in 24 games this season.

-David Booth: 0 goals and 3 assists in his last 16.

-Dan Hamhuis: 0 goals and 9 assists in his last 37 games.

-Jannik Hansen: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 15 games.

-Brad Richardson: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 17 games.

-Yannick Weber: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 19 games, and now he is injured. Is Yann Sauve really going to do worse? Answer: probably not.

-Henrik Sedin stays on the list. He did participate in a full practice on Sunday. But he has 1 assist in his last 6 games prior to going down with injury.

HOT OR HEATING UP

-Chris Higgins: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games. I love this man.

-Ryan Kesler. 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games.

-Alexander Edler. 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 2 games. Kudos for bagging that power play goal, Eddie!

PROJECTED CANUCKS ROSTER

Higgins - Kesler - Burrows

Sedin - Schroeder - Hansen

Booth - Richardson - Kassian

Lain - Dalpe - Weise

Edler - Hamhuis

Stanton - Garrison

Sauve - Corrado

In goal: Luongo? Or does he play Tuesday night in Boston? Or both?

Injured: Hank (questionable), Sestito (questionable, illness), Santorelli (out for season), Bieksa (out for at least 3 weeks), Tanev (broken thumb, out indefinitely), Alberts (concussion, out indefinitely), Weber (upper body, unknown status).

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

Detroit lost 6-5 in OT to the Capitals on Sunday night. Some guy named Gustav Nyquist scored 3 goals and 1 assist for the Wings. Watch out for him!  He has 8 goals and 4 assists in his last 8 games! My god, take note, Canucks forwards.

PROJECTED RED WINGS ROSTER

Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader

Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco

Andersson - Helm - Alfredsson

Miller - Glendening - Eaves

Kronwall - Ericsson

Quincey - DeKeyser

Kindl - Smith

In goal: Howard played last night. Gustafsson?

Injuries: Datsyuk, Weiss, Franzen, Emmerton.

QUOTED

This week, the Wings are facing a trio of struggling teams, which, in and of itself can present a trap. Both Vancouver and Florida have dropped four of their last five games, and Tampa Bay has lost three straight. However, against the three opponents, the Red Wings have accumulated a 2-2-3 record this season.

(Wings Website)

VIDEO

The last meeting between these 2 teams:

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SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Bobby Canuck: 16

Zanstorm: 16

Nathaniel Perlow: 15

Passive Voice: 15

marcness52: 14

Geordie Nuck: 13

gmonk33: 13

FormerHab: 12

Coach Ryan: 11

nucksandpucks: 11

Tengeresz: 11

Twitchy2010: 10

seedvt: 9

Azzy Mahmood: 8

itsahardknocklife: 8

vancitydan: 8

westy99: 8

The entire list can be seen here.

GO CANUCKS GO!

STOP THE MADNESS!

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