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Canucks Report: Top lines do battle

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

When the Vancouver Canucks take to the ice Wednesday night to face the Detroit Red Wings, it might be in a battle of the teams’ top offensive players.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin, paired with Ryan Kesler on Vancouver’s top trio, could potentially matchup against the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi and that has both fans and players excited.

“That’s a good line over there, they’re so skilled and it’s always a lot of fun playing against their top guys, so it should be a good game,” said Daniel Sedin, riding a four-game point streak (3-3-6) into tonight’s game.

Henrik Sedin has points in nine consecutive games (3-8-11), while Kesler had eight points (5-3-8) over the last five games and has been doing everything offensively for the Canucks.

“One thing he can take faceoffs on the right side, that’s a positive,” said Daniel. “He has a great shot, he’s a threat coming in over the blueline, he has to use that and he has been but he can use it more and good on the forecheck and a great skater – he brings a lot to the table.”

Vancouver’s top line going up against that of Detroit will be a battle of puck possession, a battle the Canucks won against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in a 3-2 win at Rogers Arena Monday night.

“Anytime you play top guys, you’d rather play 45 seconds in their end than play in your own. You’ve got to make smart plays and keep it down low in their end. It’s no fun defending, it never is, that’s why you have to play smart against teams like this.”

Of note: Tonight’s game marks the first inter-conference meetings between the Canucks and Red Wings since the 1980-81 season – thanks to the Canucks PR team for that gem.

The Canucks are 6-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and going back to the 2008-09 season, Vancouver is 54-26-6 against the beasts of the East.

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