Time: 10:00pm ET
Place: Rogers Arena
TV: FSD, SNP
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM
The Canadian roadtrip continues as we head over to Vancouver to take on the Canucks. The Canucks were off yesterday after defeating the Penguins on Saturday 4-2, while the Wings are coming in from shutting out the Oilers last night. After the roadtrip ends in Calgary on Thursday, the Wings are home for the rest of the month except for one game in New York.
The big “however” to our performance last night, is we gave up a lot of shots again, which wasn’t the worst thing for Mrazek as it’s hard enough to go so long between starts, but having a game with shots few and far between is even tougher. He looked sharp and that’s great to see.
In general the Wings really looked like a complete hockey team last night, although it was hard to tell if we were good or if the Oilers were just broken, but let’s say we were good.
Into the time machine
We’ve already seen the Canucks once this season where they ever so delicately handed us our butts on a platter, in our own house. Now we’ve got the Kid Line clicking and the Wings overall showing some confidence, which may make all the difference. A dash of Greek Lightning is just what we needed, as the solidification of the Kid Line puts Frk in the perfect position to be a sneaky offensive force flying under the radar on the bottom line.
The injury report: honk honk edition
Nyquist left the game last night after a nasty knee on knee collision and you could see how much pain he was in as he hobbled to the bench. Blashill said last night it wasn’t as bad as feared and it’s more of a day-to-day thing. We’ll be keeping an eye out for updates on him. DeKeyser is still out as well and we likely won’t see him back for another two weeks at best.
The Canucks have found their newest hero in Brock Boesner, at least they think so, and he had an impressive showing against the Penguins so we’ll have to keep an eye on him. The rest of his line, Horvat and Baertschi, have been racking up the points as well.
The Canucks don’t seem to know exactly how to use the Sedins anymore as they sometimes look like top line guys and other times are relegated to fourth line minutes. They will likely still be the first powerplay unit, and we know how much we love sitting in the penalty box.
Don’t forget about Vanek, he’s there too.
Vancouver is off to a good start (for them) but it’s Vancouver, and they know a thing or seven about breaking their fans’ hearts. Vancouver is starting to have hope again and it’s our job to crush it.
Let’s Go Red Wings!
Vancouver Canucks Predicted Lines/Pairings
Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser
Sedin - Sedin - Virtanen
Vanek - Burmistrov - Gagner
Granlund - Sutter - Dorsett
Hutton - Tanev
Del Zotto - Gudbranson
Pouliot - Biega
(Look for Red Wings lines/pairings during Gameday Updates when we have more info)
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