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Must-Wins Don't Happen in December: GDT Red Wings vs. Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks
(19-8-4 42 pts)

Game #33
vs

Detroit Red Wings
(20-8-4 44 pts)
Arena: Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
Starting goalie: Roberto Luongo
Starting goalie: Jimmy Howard
16-8-2 2.40 GAA
17-6-2 2.67 GAA
SBN Blog: Nucks Misconduct Last meeting: Oct 5, 2010 4-6 Loss
Time:

7:30 EST

TV:

TSN, NHLN, FSD+

XM 206


Maybe I'll call every game until they win one a big game, just to see how that works out. Last time these clubs met, the Wings were in Vancouver for their third game in four nights. They came out and jumped on the Canucks early, but faded late and lost 6-4. This time, the Wings are coming off two days of rest after giving up a game to Dallas on Sunday. Vancouver beat St. Louis 3-1 on Monday.

Ansar Khan comes through with the lineup again, along with the news that Stuart will play, despite missing Tuesday's practice with what team trainers are almost certainly not calling an "owie" suffered from blocking a shot with the soft, jointy part in the middle of his leg on Sunday. Stuart's one bad motherfu(shut yo mouth!), so he'll be fine.

Franzen-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Cleary-Zetterberg-Bertuzzi
Hudler-Filppula-Abdelkader
Miller-Helm-Eaves

Nothing changes with the defensive pairings of Lidstrom-Stuart, Rafalski-Ericsson, Kronwall-Salei.

Canucks look like this tonight (*makes stupid face*):

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows
Mikael Samuelsson-Ryan Kesler-Jeff Tambellini
Raffi Torres-Manny Malhotra-Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass-Alex Bolduc-Aaron Volpatti

Alexander Edler-Christian Ehrhoff
Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Aaron Rome-Keith Ballard

Lot of people predicting a Canuck's victory tonight, and why shouldn't they? Vancouver has won four in a row and eight of their last ten. Meanwhile, Detroit's coming off probably the worst two games they've played all season. Well, to those of you picking against the Wings, I've got two things to say: 1) [censored] and 2) Join us for the game thread in the comments below.