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NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Venue: Joe Louis Arena
Puck drop: 7:30 pm ET
How to watch: Fox Sports Detroit
How to stream: Fox Sports Go

After a thrilling win in Philadelphia for the first time since 1997, the Red Wings will return home to square up with the Canucks of Vancouver.

The Canucks have been touted as one of the worst teams in the NHL, and the stats don’t lie. In their last 10 games, Vancouver is 1-8-1 and have the second-worst goal differential in the entire NHL (-14). This game, for the Red Wings, should be more than winnable. The Red Wings will surely need to focus on the Sedin twins, who still work off of that wizard-like Swede-duo magic that always seems to put up ridiculous goals against them.

The Red Wings have struggled in some areas, but their last outing showed us that they can make great things happen when they lean on the right players. Andreas Athanasiou was the hero after he scored a gorgeous game-tying goal, and then the shootout-winner. I look for big performances from a fast AA, Dylan Larkin, and Darren Helm against a sluggish Vancouver defense.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Dylan Larkin

Frans Nielsen

Tyler Bertuzzi

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm

Gustav Nyquist

Riley Sheahan

Luke Glendening

Steve Ott


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Xavier Ouellet

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Canucks Expected Lineups

Forwards

Daniel Sedin

Henrik Sedin

Loui Eriksson

Markus Granlund

Brandon Sutter

Derek Dorsett

Sven Baerstchi

Bo Horvat

Alexandre Burrows

Michael Chaput

Brendan Gaunce

Jack Skille


Defensemen

Alexander Edler

Troy Stecher

Erik Gudbranson

Ben Hutton

Luca Sbisa

Nikita Tryamkin


Goaltenders

Ryan Miller (starting)

Jacob Markstrom

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.