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Canucks look to stay hot against Red Wings

by Brian Hedger

CANUCKS (16-6-1) AT RED WINGS (13-5-5)


Season series: The Detroit Red Wings won both games against the Vancouver Canucks last season and hold a 4-0-1 record in the past five. Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has three goals and three assists. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed one goal in the two games.

Canucks team scope: Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller has won three straight, including back-to-back shutouts. Miller has stopped 75 of the past 76 shots he has faced, and has a .914 save percentage. "I'm feeling better about some positioning and stuff," Miller said, according to the Vancouver Province. "I feel all right. I feel like I'm still trying to build the right kind of game to play with this team." Coach Willie Desjardins isn't pleased with their play as a whole. "It hasn’t been the team that has played well," he said after practice Saturday, according to the Vancouver Sun. "Our goaltender has played well. We have to get playing better."

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has averaged 3.5 goals in their past 10 games. After scoring five goals in their first 46 man-advantages (10.9 percent), the Red Wings have scored 15 power-play goals in their past 47 chances (31.9 percent). Detroit, which might reunite Zetterberg with forward Pavel Datsyuk on the top line, could have defenseman Brendan Smith (hand infection), who was cleared to return Saturday. If Smith returns, rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet will return to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Howard will start for Detroit, which has won three straight games.

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