Coming off four straight losses, Detroit reunited Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on a line with Todd Bertuzzi, while the Canucks have won four straight games with Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler moved up to play right wing with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.
"Faceoffs are going to be important," Zetterberg said. "Both of our lines want to have the puck and it's not so fun to chase it."
The Red Wings have done too much chasing of the puck early this season, having been outshot in eight of their past 10 games and giving up 40 shots to the New York Rangers in a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday.
"We're too loose, we're giving up too many shots and we're not as tight as we should be defensively," coach Mike Babcock said.
Playing a familiar Western Conference opponent may help as Detroit starts a four-game Canadian road trip. Moving into the Eastern Conference this season, Zetterberg said the play is "more open" than what they were used to in the West.
"Absolutely," he said, adding it was still early. "My view is that the East is more open than it is out West and I don't know if that is why we are playing poor defense right now, but it shouldn't affect the way we play. We should stay within our structure and focus more on [defense]."
They'll need to against the Canucks, who outshot the Washington Capitals 41-19 to open a three-game homestand Monday, with the new No. 1 line scoring twice. Kesler has five goals in the past four games, Daniel Sedin has three goals and three assists, and brother Henrik has two goals and four assists in the past five games.
"It's a lot of fun playing against the top guys," Daniel said, noting Kesler helps on right-side faceoffs, among many other things. "Good on the forecheck, great skater, he brings a lot to the table."
"I've just watched them on TV but they just really seem like they protect the puck in zone and somehow they always know where the other player is," DeKeyser said of the Sedins. "You have to trust your teammate to have his man and you got to take care of your guy."
Here are the expected lines for Vancouver and Detroit:
Scratched: Andrew Alberts