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CANUCKS

RED WINGS

AT

Time Sun. 2:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2011-12: 2-1-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks Feb.23/12
The Enemy Winging It In Motown Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 5-12-17
Zetterberg: 5-17-22

Canucks

Category

Red Wings

10-3-4
Season Record
8-7-3
24
Points
19
3rd
Conference Position
9th
Won 2
Streak
Won 1
7-1-2
Last 10
4-4-2
5-1-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
6-4-1
2.76 (13)
Goals Per Game Average
2.67 (14)
2.12 (5)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.83 (18)
1.36 (4)
5 On 5 GF/GA
1.12 (12)
18.7 (10)
Power Play %
13.8 (26)
82.4 (17)
Penalty Kill %
76.3 (25)
49.8 (19)
Faceoffs %
53.5 (2)
391 (14)
Hits
311 (27)
208 (26)
Blocked Shots
217 (23)
76 (16)
Minor Penalties Taken
79 (22)
NHL.com

I have waited a long time to see the Detroit Red Wings in this position. Out of a playoff spot (even though it's barely) and just lousy in most major statistical categories. I know that's mean but it's a jealousy thing. Pay no attention to me, Wings fans. But keep in mind that our General Manager is molding the team using Detroit as a role model.

This will be the last game of the Canucks' road trip. Their 4th road game in 6 nights. Might they look tired? I think so. It's an early game too (2:00 PST). If they can sneak any points out of this one I will be mightily impressed. I doubt they will run and gun with the Wings. I expect another super defensive effort.

This will be a back to back situation for Detroit. They spanked the Predators 4-0 on Saturday night, ending a 5-game losing skid mark. Besides being decimated by injuries, coach Mike Babcock said this prior to the Preds game:

"It's a game of mistakes. You're going to make mistakes. You're going to have sort-out issues and turnover issues, that's always going to be the case. You've just got to find a way. We've got to find a way to score a power-play goal, we've got to find a way to make one less mistake, and we've got to find a way to make one more save and score one more hard goal."

PROJECTED LINES / ROSTERS

Luongo

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Higgins - Kesler - Hansen

Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Kassian - Lapierre - Weise

Edler - Tanev

Garrison - Ballard

Hamhuis - Bieksa (hopefully)

For Detroit:

Howard

Damien Brunner - Zetterberg - Filppula

Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Cleary

Miller - Cory Emmerton - Tootoo

Jan Mursak Eaves - Joakim Andersson - Tomas Tatar

Ericsson - Kronwall

White - Huskins

Brian Lashoff - Quincey (probable)

No FU Sweden (Samuelsson)? Damn!

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 28-10 in their last 38 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Canucks are 8-3 in their last 11 overall.
  • Canucks are 45-21 in their last 66 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
  • Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games. DING DING DING!
  • Red Wings are 6-0 in their last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
  • Red Wings are 6-16 in their last 22 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Red Wings are 1-4 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • 54% of the experts at Covers.com have the Canucks winning this one.

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

David Booth. Looked a lot better in Nashville. But no points in his first 3 games. 5 shots. A -1. Booth scored no goals in the LA series. David Booth has scored 1 goal in his last 18 games with the Canucks. SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITLIST! Maybe he'll bag one in the city where he was born.


SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS LEADERBOARD

Only gmonk33 got any points over the past 2 Canucks games.

Twin Terror: 8
Bobby Canuck: 6
andrew21nz: 4
FormerHab: 4
Meat Mayos: 4
raincity: 4
marcness52: 3
westy99: 3
ChuckinNux: 2
EvianBubble: 2
gmonk33: 2
Nathaniel Perlow: 2
patrik e (hugs kittens): 2
PeaceJo: 2
Sean Zandberg: 2
seedvt: 2
YorkAveOrca: 2
beardstache: 1
dshaps: 1
Geordie Nuck: 1
Kent Basky: 1
KYCanuck: 1
NS_Cix: 1
radepalma: 1
Tangent: 1
Thursday: 1
Twitchy2010: 1
vancitydan: 1
Vancouverguy: 1

VIDEO

The last time these teams met, Dank, Burrows and Luongo ruined a Red Wings streak:

I was at this game (RIP Demitra):

The title of this preview post has been brought to you by Kid Rock:

GO CANUCKS GO!