The Vancouver Canucks (10-3-4) will wrap up their four-game road trip with a rare afternoon tilt against the Detroit Red Wings (8-7-3) at the Joe Louis Arena.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks will conclude their four-game road trip this afternoon having gone 2-0-1 in the first three games. They're looking to extend their road win streak to three straight games which would be a season-high.
- The Red Wings snapped a season-high five-game winless skid (0-3-2) last night with their 4-0 win over Nashville.
- This afternoon marks the first and only trip the Canucks will make this season to the Joe Louis Arena. It is also the first of three meetings between the Canucks and Red Wings this season.
- The Canucks and Red Wings split their season series last year with each team picking up two victories, including one each at the JLA.
- Canucks G Roberto Luongo started three of the four games in last year's season series versus Detroit and finished with a 2-0-1 record. Luongo is unbeaten in regulation in his last nine games (5-0-4) against the Red Wings dating back to March 3, 2010.
- Don't be surprised if Red Wings G Jimmy Howard gets the start this afternoon despite playing yesterday. He's started all-but-two of the team's 18 games this season. He started all four games against the Canucks in the season series last year going 2-1-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .915 save percentage with one shutout.
- Canucks F Henrik Sedin led all Vancouver players with four points, all assists, in last year's season series against Detroit. Currently injured Red Wings F Darren Helm had five points (1-4-5) to lead all players in the season series.
- The Canucks lost D Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Friday's win over Nashville to a groin injury. If he's unable to go this afternoon, then D Andrew Alberts will make his season debut in his place. Vancouver has played its top-six defensemen in every single game so far this season.
- The Red Wings are 1-2-0 this season when playing on zero days rest.
- The Canucks last game against the Red Wings, also their last game at the Joe Louis Arena, was indeed a memorable one. Daniel Sedin scored his second of two goals on the night with 15.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Alex Burrows notched the shootout's only marker to lift the Canucks to a 4-3 win while snapping Detroit's NHL-record 23-game home ice win streak.
- With Canucks F Dale Weise picking up his first goal of the season on Friday, the only regulars (besides F David Booth who recently returned from injury) to not score for the Canucks yet this season is D Keith Ballard.
- Both Henrik and Daniel Sedin had their respective season-high four-game point streak snapped in Friday's win over Nashville.
- Today marks the third time this season the Canucks are playing a team that had to play the day before. They are 1-1-0 this season when facing teams that played the day before.
- Michigan-native and Canucks F Ryan Kesler has a five-game point streak (2-6-8) at the Joe Louis Arena entering today’s game.
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