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Canucks look for revenge against Red Wings

by John Kreiser

RED WINGS (15-10-2) at CANUCKS (13-7-6)

TV: NHLN-US, CBC, RDS2, FS-Detroit+

Last 10: Detroit 5-3-2; Vancouver 4-4-2

Season series: It's the second of three meetings; the Red Wings will be back at Rogers Arena on April 20. Expect the Canucks to be looking for some revenge for the 8-3 licking they took in Detroit on Feb. 24.

Big story: The Red Wings might not have needed a plane to fly to Vancouver after rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to win 3-2 in overtime at Edmonton on Friday. The Canucks are coming off a wild 7-4 home win against Nashville on Thursday that kept them on top of the Northeast Division.

Team Scope:

Red Wings: The Wings arrived in Edmonton with just three wins in 12 road games -- and through 40 minutes, it looked like that number wasn't going to change. But Valtteri Filppula got them on the board early in the third period, Niklas Kronwall got credit for the tying goal when Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry accidentally shot the puck in his own net and Pavel Datsyuk won it with a spectacular goal at 3:39 of OT, undressing Petry before firing home a wrist shot for his first goal in 11 games.

"It was bad luck for [Petry], but we'll take all the luck we can get," Filppula said, "and Pav finished it off with a really nice goal. He does things with the puck that a lot of guys can't do, plus he plays really hard both ways."

Canucks: Roberto Luongo will be in goal for the third straight game when the Canucks take the ice on Saturday, and he's sure to want to atone for his performance in the previous meeting with Detroit -- Luongo surrendered all eight goals in Detroit's runaway victory.

"We were totally embarrassed," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said Friday when discussing his club's effort that evening. "It wasn't the game we can play against that team.

"We know they're a real good team. Their skill level, their defense to offence. You look at some of their personnel and you're definitely talking about some of the elite players in the NHL. We're definitely looking to have a bounce-back game."

The Canucks will have a different look -- they'll be wearing the colors and logo of the Vancouver Millionaires, who won the 1915 Stanley Cup. Instead of blue and green, they'll be wearing maroon jerseys and cream-colored pants.

Who's hot: Filppula has scored in back-to-back games since returning from an injury that kept him out for seven games. … Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin, usually a passer instead of a shooter, scored on a penalty shot against Nashville and has goals in four of the Canucks' past five games.

Injury report: The Red Wings left defenseman Kyle Quincey behind in Calgary after he took a puck in the cheek on Friday. They are still without Mikael Samuelsson (hand), Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm (back) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder). … The Canucks are still without second-line center Ryan Kesler (broken right foot).

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