Western Road Trip | Detroit Red Wings At Vancouver Canucks

Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of their Western Canadian road trip tonight at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Detroit is in a rough spot right now; they have lost four straight games, the offense has only produced 5 goals int hat period, and the defense has been suspect. If the Wings are going to change their stars, then it starts tonight in Vancouver.

Canucks are the complete opposite of the Red Wings right now and are riding a four game winning streak, in which they scored 14 goals compare to 5 by the Red Wings in that time. Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack have made a good tandem in net and the Wings will have to beat them in order to win.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Daniel Cleary – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson

Justin Abdelkader – Joakim Andersson – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Brendan Smith – Niklas Kronwall

Danny DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Patrick Eaves is back!

Johan Franzen is out injured for tonight’s game and the Red Wings will miss his big body out front and his shooting ability. He should be back in the line-up against the Calgary Flames though.

The Red Wings recalled Luke Glendening in order to fill out their roster after Franzen went down and he will center the fourth line.

There is no change on defense, as Jonathan Ericsson is still a couple weeks away from returning to the line-up and Xavier Ouellet is in Grand Rapids. The defense as a whole has to start playing better though, and it starts with limiting unforced turnovers in the defensive zone.

Jimmy Howard‘s has had a rough 4 games in a row and if he does not come up big tonight, I can see a change coming for the Wings in net.

Todd Bertuzzi rejoins Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the first line tonight, he played with them against the Rangers in the second period and as usual they looked very good together.

Stephen Weiss moves back up to center the second line and the Wings will be looking for him to make a big contribution on offense.

Prediction: The Wings have to break the current losing streak, but I do not see that happening in Vancouver tonight. Canucks win 2-1.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings, NHL Puck Drop

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