NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 30th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (6-4-2) at Vancouver Canucks (9-4-1), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings aim to snap a four-game losing
streak on Wednesday night when they kick off their road trip against the
surging Vancouver Canucks.
The Red Wings have posted an 0-2-2 mark since a victory over the Colorado
Avalanche on Oct. 17. They dropped a regulation game in Phoenix two days later
and wrapped up a winless three-game stay at home with Saturday's 3-2 overtime
setback to the New York Rangers.
Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, but was beaten on a breakaway by the Rangers'
Derick Brassard with 12.9 seconds left in overtime. Drew Miller and Daniel
Alfredsson had the goals for Detroit, which failed to earn a point for the
first time this season when scoring first (5-1-1).
"We have no consistency in our play," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock
remarked. "It doesn't look like we're wearing the team out. We've got a long
way to go in that area and we'll have to sort this out."
The Red Wings will try to avoid going winless in five straight for the first
time since an 0-3-2 slump from Feb. 13-21 of last season, but won't have
forward Johan Franzen available tonight due to an undisclosed injury.
Franzen, who has two goals and five points in 12 games this season, could
return by Friday's game in Calgary and center Luke Glendening was recalled
from the American Hockey League ahead of this game.
Babcock does expect forward Patrick Eaves to make his season debut after
missing the first 12 games with a sprained knee and ankle injury.
While the Red Wings are slumping, the Canucks have ripped off four straight
wins and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. They overcame an early third-
period deficit on Monday to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2.
The Canucks fell behind by a goal 1:52 into the third period, but Ryan Kesler
scored a tying goal just 61 seconds later before Daniel Sedin potted the game-
winner 5:01 into the period.
Zack Kassian also scored, Henrik Sedin had an assist and Roberto Luongo made
17 saves in the win.
"Resiliency," Kesler said. "We find a way to battle back and get the go-ahead
(goal). That's the way our team's been all year."
Vancouver will look for its newly-formed top line of the Sedin brothers and
Kesler to lead it to five straight wins for the first time since a six-game
run from March 19-28.
Henrik Sedin has three goals and eight assists over a nine-game point streak,
Kesler has five goals and eight points over a five-game run and Daniel Sedin
has notched six points over his last four.
The Red Wings went 2-0-1 in three meetings last season with the Canucks,
outscoring Vancouver by a 14-7 margin.
Howard is 9-5-2 with a shutout and 2.72 goals against average in his career
versus the Canucks, while Luongo has posted an 11-12-6 mark with a 2.91 GAA in
his encounters with the Red Wings.
10/30 10:51:54 ET