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Detroit forward Nyquist game-time decision; goalie Markstrom to make fourth straight start for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

RED WINGS (7-7-1) at CANUCKS (7-4-2)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-D, NHL.TV

The Game 

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (lower body) is a game-time decision against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

Nyquist took part in an optional morning skate but said he would have to wait to see how he felt later in the day before deciding if he could play. He left a 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday after an apparent knee-on-knee collision with Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba in the first period.

Goalie Jimmy Howard will start for the Red Wings, who have won three of their past four following a six-game losing streak (0-5-1). 

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will make his fourth straight start for the Canucks. He made 37 saves in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday that ended Vancouver's two-game losing streak (0-1-1). He has not allowed more than two goals in his past five starts.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has scored in three straight games. He has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak and leads Detroit with seven goals.

Canucks rookie right wing Brock Boeser had his first NHL hat trick and an assist against the Penguins on Saturday, part of a four-goal, seven-assist performance from his line.


They said it 

"I was on the ice, so that is a positive, so we'll just have to see later in the day, probably a game-time decision. It doesn't seem serious so that is good." -- Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist 

"I like to have high expectations of myself to help produce for the team but I think it's definitely a little shocking to me too." -- Canucks forward Brock Boeser on his early-season production


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Tomas Tatar

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Scott Wilson -- Luke Glendening -- Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle)


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Brendan Gaunce, Thatcher Demko

Injured: Alexander Edler (knee), Loui Eriksson (knee), Troy Stecher (knee)


Status report

Booth is likely to play if Nyquist can't. … The Canucks sent forward Jayson Megna to Utica of the American Hockey League after Gaunce returned from a two-week conditioning stint. … Demko remains with the Canucks, who start a four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, as their third goalie because Nilsson's fiance is expecting a baby.


Stat pack

The Red Wings are 10-2-3 in their past 15 games against the Canucks but lost 4-1 on Oct. 22. … Horvat had an NHL career high four points (goal, three assists) against the Penguins.

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