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Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 17 notes, prediction & tweets!

Motown

The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their four game road trip with an afternoon game with Detroit, who’s still struggling to adjust to hockey in the post-Lidstrom era.

You can’t just replace one of the greatest defencemen of all time, and the Wings are middling around .500 this year instead of keeping pace with Chicago for the central division lead.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (10 – 3 – 4) v Dallas Stars (8 – 7–3)
Venue: Joe Louis Arena
Time: 2:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Livonia, Michigan born Ryan Kesler.

Vancouver has perhaps surprisingly owned Detroit in recent matchups, holding a 5-1-4 record in their last 10 meetings.

Both teams, coincidentally, are coming off wins over Nashville.

What to Watch: Detroit

As mentioned, there have been growing pains adjusting to a blueline with Niklas Lidstrom and really without an adequate replacement after Ryan Suter and several other high profile defencemen failed to materialize in Detroit.

Red Wings

Both teams, coincidentally, are coming off wins over Nashville.

It puts the pressure on the Wings to extend their playoff appearance streak to 22 seasons, who currently sit in a logjam near the eighth and final seed.

The main concern is the powerplay, having gone one for its last 12 and converting at just 13.7 per cent this year.

Meanwhile, according to Elliotte Friedman last night, the Wings could be on the move to the Eastern Conference next year.

Line-up

  • Valteri Filppula-Henrik Zetterberg-Damien Brunner
  • Justin Abelkader-Pavel Datysuk-Danny Cleary
  • Tomas Tatar-Joakim Anderson-Patrick Eaves
  • Drew Miller-Cory Emmerton-Jordin Tootoo
  • Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
  • Brian Lashoff-Ian White
  • Kent Huskins-Jakub Kindl
  • Jimmy Howard

What to Watch: Vancouver

Roberto Luongo will get the start as the Vezina buzz begins for the beleaguered backup. Having a 1.45 GAA with a .941 sv pct through nine games will do that.

The Canucks will not have Kevin Bieksa. He’s out with a groin injury sustained Friday in Nashville. It means Andrew Alberts will play his first game of the year.

David Booth didn’t practice yesterday and might not play tonight due to illness, which might give Zack Kassian a chance to get back beside Ryan Kesler.

Line-up

Prediction

The Canucks end the trip on a winning note and Roberto Luongo continues to make everyone wonder what exactly he did in the offseason to look this good. 4-2 Vancouver.

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