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Detroit tries to end three-game losing streak; Markstrom starts for Vancouver

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

CANUCKS (3-3-1) at RED WINGS (4-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, TVA Sports, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. The Red Wings lost 4-3 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Friday, allowing a power-play goal with 1:01 remaining in the third period and another in overtime.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who was pulled after allowing three goals on four shots in a 6-3 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, is expected to start for Detroit.

Jacob Markstrom, who made 20 saves in Vancouver's 4-2 victory at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, will make his sixth start of the season and the first of his career against the Red Wings.


Players to watch

Forward Derek Dorsett scored two goals and had an assist in the win at Buffalo. He has scored three goals in Vancouver's past two games.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games. Zetterberg was taken in the seventh round (No. 204) in the 1999 NHL Draft, more than 200 picks after the Canucks selected fellow Swedes Daniel Sedin (No. 2) and Henrik Sedin (No. 3).


They said it

"Detroit has a very quick team, and if we don't keep up with them, it is going to be a tough game." -- Vancouver coach Travis Green.

"We go back a long way, and it is always fun to play against them. We spent some time together yesterday, but I hope they have a quiet night tonight." -- Zetterberg on facing the Sedins


Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Sam Gagner -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Thomas Vanek

Derek Dorsett -- Brandon Sutter -- Markus Granlund

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Alex Biega

Injured: Loui Eriksson (knee), Alexander Edler (knee), Brendan Gaunce (shoulder)


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Martin Frk

Scott Wilson -- Luke Glendening -- David Booth

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (wrist), Danny DeKeyser (lower body)


Status report

Gudbranson returns after serving a one-game suspension for boarding Frank Vatrano of the Boston Bruins in a 6-3 loss on Thursday …. Wilson will replace Riley Sheahan on the fourth line. Sheahan and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft were traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday for Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018.


Stat pack

Del Zotto has five assists during a four-game point streak …. Larkin is tied for second on the Red Wings with nine points (one goal, eight assists). He has at least one point in seven of Detroit's eight games.

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