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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Canucks

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

10:00p ET, Rogers Arena

Vancouver, BC

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, CBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Canucks Blogs: Nucks Misconduct

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Let's kick this shit off right with a good-ass hockey game against a very familiar team. The Canucks remind me a lot of the Red Wings. Good team, questionable areas, two good goalies, and two pairs of magical Euros.

Remember 10pm starts? I do. What a stupid thing. Anyways, Detroit is kicking off a nice West Canada road-trip which they conveniently end in... Washington? Go home, NHL. You are drunk! This is a winnable game for Detroit, and like all other games, I expect them to get the W to start off the year in the right fashion. So fire up the coffee pot, put the kids to bed, kick up your feet, and let's fuckin' hockey.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Johan Franzen Darren Helm Gustav Nyquist
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Stephen Weiss

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek


Scratches: Brian Lashoff & Daniel Cleary

Injuries: Jakub Kindl (elbow) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins Nick Bonino Jannik Hansen
Shawn Matthias Brad Richardson Linden Vey
Derek Dorsett Bo Horvat Alexandre Burrows


Defensemen

Alexander Edler Chris Tanev
Ryan Stanton Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa Yannick Weber


Goaltenders

Ryan Miller (starting)
Eddie Lack


CANUCKS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
21-12-3 (45 pts; 3rd in Pacific) Record 20-9-9 (49 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.86 (9th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.82 (13th in NHL)
2.67 (19th in NHL) Goals Against Per Game 2.32 (5th in NHL)
20.0% (10th in NHL) Power Play % 23.8% (2nd in NHL)
86.9% (4th in NHL) Penalty Kill % 88.0% (2nd in NHL)
Radim Vrbata (15 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar & Gustav Nyquist (15)
Daniel Sedin (32 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (33 points)

  • The Red Wings are 91-62-18 (W-L-T/OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Last 10 Games: Detroit 3-3-4, Vancouver 3-5-2
  • Jimmy Howard is 12-5-2 with a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV% in 19 career games against the Canucks.


Let's Go Red Wings!!!