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RED WINGS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 1-1
Last Meeting
5-4 Wings (Dec.22/10)
The Enemy Winging It In Motown Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 22-28-50 Zetterberg: 15-30-45
Wings
Category Canucks
26-10-5 Season Record 27-8-5
2nd
Conference Position 1st
Won 2
Streak Won 8
13-5-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
15-3-2
6-2-2
Last 10 9-0-1
+26
Goals For / Against +/- +43
3.46 (2)
Goals Per Game 3.48 (1)
2.83 (17)
Goals Against Per Game 2.38 (5)
1.19 (5)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.34 (4)
22.5 (4)
Power Play %
25.2 (1)
81.7 (15)
Penalty Kill %
85.7 (3)
33.2 (3)
Shots Per Game 31.2 (13)
29.7 (13)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.1 (16) 
79.2 (6)
Winning % When Scoring First 88.5 (1)
84.6 (10)
Winning % When Leading After 1 95.0 (1) 
88.2 (17)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.9 (13) 
52.3 (5)
Faceoffs % 56.5 (1)
9.5 (2)
PIM's Per Game 11.9 (13) 
NHL.com

-Update: Alexandre Bolduc back in tonight. Rick Bowness mentioned The Duke was benched not only to give Aaron Voltron Volpatti some playing time but also to send a message to Bolduc that going 0-for-8 in the faceoff circle against Calgary was unacceptable. (The Province)

-Update: Chris Osgood out (groin), Jimmy Howard in.

-Does it get much better than this? Detroit vs Vancouver on Hockey Night In Canada. Race for top spot in the NHL (Canucks will still have a game in hand). These teams are about as statistically close (above) as it gets in a lot of cases. The last meeting was a disappointing loss in OT as Hansen and Ehrhoff turned the puck over in their own zone and a Zetterberg slapper beat Luongo on a shot he should have had (see below).

-Both teams are playing the second game in a back-to-back scenario.

-Despite the Wings' ability to remain generally disciplined in games this season, the Canucks have scored 4 PP goals against Detroit in their 2 matches to their 2 against us. Hell, Manny Malhotra even scored a shorthanded goal against them. The powerplay opportunities for these 2 teams head to head this season is EVEN. I still think special teams will play a big role in this one.

 -Dan Hamhuis and Chris Osgood will be the guests on HNIC's After Hours.

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 30 1766 19 8 70 2.38 871 801 .920 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jimmy Howard 31 1840 21 7 84 2.74 908 824 .907 2


WHO'S HOT/COLD

CANUCKS

Hot

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 13 assists in his last 9 games played

-Daniel Sedin: 8 goals and 7 assists in his last 9.

-Ryan Kesler: 8 goals and 8 assists in his last 10.

-Alexandre Burrows:1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games.

Cold

-Mikael Samuelsson: 0 points in his last 6 games.

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 13 games.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 5 games. 11 shots in those 5 games. 5 of them came against San Jose. Stop the Tambo presses he has cooled off!

 

RED WINGS

Hot

-Henrik Zetterberg: 5 goals and 8 assists in his last 9 games.

-Valtteri Filppula: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 7.

-Johan Franzen: 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 8.

-Niklas Lidstrom: 4 goals and 9 assists in his last 9 games. Don't pull the age card on Niklas!

-Brian Rafalski: 2 goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games.

Cold

-None

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Rick Rypien (personal-out indefinitely)

RED WINGS

-Daniel Cleary (ankle)

-Pavel Datsyuk (hand)

-Mike Modano (wrist)

-Valtteri Filppula (groin, day-to-day)

-Brad Stuart (broken jaw, out indefinitely)

-ADDED: Chris Osgood: (strained groin)

VIDEO

The last time these 2 teams clashed a turnover in OT was the difference:

A much more favorable result earlier in the year:

Blast from the past: Craig Coxe vs Bob Probert (1987-history lesson, kids). I have not seen a better fight to this day:

Go Canucks!