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Clip Those Wings: Canucks-Red Wings Game Preview

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Canucks (38-22-2)
Red Wings (29-21-12)

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Time 4:30 PM PST
TV TSN, NHLN (US)
Season Series 2 - 0 Red Wings
Last Meeting 3-1 Wings (11-12-09)
The Enemy Winging It In Motown Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 25-55-80     Datsyuk: 17-34-51
Canucks Category Red Wings
3rd Conference Position 9th
6-4-0
Last 10 4-3-3
3.14 (3rd)
Goals Per Game 2.55 (22nd)
2.47 (8th)
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.55 (10th)
1.33 (2nd) 5 On 5 GF/GA .89 (24th)
21.3% (5th) Power Play %
18.7% (11th)
81.2% (19th) Penalty Kill %
82.4% (13th)
30.5 (12th) Shots Per Game 33.2 (2nd)
29.1 (7th) Least Shots Against Per Game 30.3 (16th)
78.6% (4th) Winning % When Scoring First 58.6% (24th)
85.7% (3rd) Winning % When Leading After 1 59.1% (28th)
47.1% (4th)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 36.4% (9th)
96% (3rd) Winning % When Leading After 2 79.2% (24th)
33.3% (2nd) Winning % When Trailing After2 15.4% (13th)
51.1% (9th) Faceoffs % 51.3% (7th)
15.8 (27th) Least PIM's Per Game 9.3 (1st)
+34 (3rd) + / - GF/GA -8 (19th)

The Canucks are being called the Cardiac Kids after yet another come-from-behind victory last night over Columbus. It's a beautiful thing. Now they face a Detroit team that may finally be turning things around. The Wings have 2 consecutive victories for the first time since January 9th if you can believe that. They have not won 3 straight games since December 17. Even more insane.

Looking at their stats above plus the decreased production from Pavel Datsyuk (51 points in 60 games) and Henrik Zetterberg (48 points in 54 games) and you have probably the biggest reasons why this team barely holds a playoff spot. Oh, and I guess replacing Marian Hossa with Todd Bertuzzi was not very bright either. But hey! Better them than us!

However:

-Datsyuk has 4 points in his last 2 games.

-Zetterberg has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10.

-Holmstrom had 3 points in a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Monday.

-Johan Franzen has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4.

-Niklas Lidstrom has 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games.

But:

-Bertuzzi has no goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games.

-Chris Osgood has fallen from grace and has not played since January 27.

-Jimmy Howard has taken over between the pipes.

Welcome back to the Canucks net, Roberto Luongold! Now kick some ass! We haven't beaten these guys yet this season.

Henrik Sedin, where have you gone? Now only 2 assists in your last 8 games. Dig deeper, man! Sidney Crosby only trails him by 1 point in the scoring race, and Ovechkin has pulled ahead by 9.  Kiss the Art Ross and MVP goodbye.

Maybe he's letting Dank catch up to him a bit.

Go Canucks! Kill the rotten Wings!