The Detroit Red Wings (33-10-4) hope to break a three game losing streak as the Vancouver Canucks (25-17-4) come into town tonight. If they lose tonight, it'd be their longest losing streak of the season.
Dominik Hasek will start today's game. Chris Osgood was pulled for the first time this season on Tuesday, but that is not the reason why Hasek is starting. Head coach Mike Babcock has decided to simply alternate goalies each game for the time being.
After a shortened practice yesterday that focused on the fundamentals, Detroit hopes to improve its special teams play. Over the last 10 games, Detroit went 3/30 on the power play and allowed five goals on nine penalty kills.
Dallas Drake is still out with a knee injury so Aaron Downey will play tonight. Derek Meech was back at Joe Louis Arena practicing this morning. He had gone to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint. He will be a healthy scratch along with Matt Ellis tonight.