Preview: Canucks vs Red Wings

Vancouver (2-1-0) at Detroit (2-1-0)

Since the last time I was able to sit down to write a proper post, the Canucks have recorded two diametrically opposite results.

On the one hand, an impressive, come-from-behind 5-4 victory in Overtime on the road against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. On the other hand, a dismal effort on the road Monday night against the Washington Capitals, losing 5-1 and recording a paltry 10 shots on goal in the process.

Tonight, in a game nationally televised on TSN, the Canucks face the defending Stanley Cup champions. Certainly this is a statement game for the Canucks, especially in light of the embarrassing performance against Washington.

The key to the game, from a Canucks standpoint, starts with the captain. Roberto Luongo played poorly against the Caps, conceding 5 goals on 25 shots before his replacement by back-up Curtis Sanford in the third period. Luongo has given up nine goals in the last two games and must get back to his usual self if the Canucks are to stand any chance of winning tonight.

The Canucks also need to get some production out of the second line. Taylor Pyatt, in particular, has been a disappointment so far and the line of Pyatt-Demitra-Raymond has contributed only one goal so far this season. If they can get it together tonight, the Canucks will also stand in good stead in terms of picking up two points at Joe Louis Arena.

My prediction: Don’t expect to see Kyle Wellwood back in the lineup tonight.


3 Responses to “Preview: Canucks vs Red Wings”

  1. 1 H October 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Well there you go. Alex Burrows!!

    Great game by second line and third line. Fourth line and Sedins did not show up.

    Luongo still not playing to his own high standards. Henrik’s penalty at the 15 minutes mark of the third was a bit lazy.

    Still 3-1 ain’t so bad.

  2. 2 H October 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Actually, looking at the box score. Luongo played great: 32/35 against the high powered Wings.

  3. 3 RJ October 17, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Yeah, I thought Luongo was decent.

    I’m absolutely loving the look of our third line. Burrows and Kesler, in particular, are tremendous together.

    The D looks solid, too. Willie Mitchell. Man, I love that guy.

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