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GAME: Vancouver Canucks (1-0-1) at Detroit Red Wings (3-0-0).

TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Despite many offseason changes, the Detroit Red Wings are off to an impressive start.

The Red Wings will look to keep their perfect record intact when they face the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings beat the defending Western Conference champion Calgary Flames 6-3 on Sunday, becoming one of just two teams so far in the NHL, along with Montreal, to win their first three games. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists for Detroit, which scored five power-play goals.

The Red Wings scored three power-play goals in the first period, when it outshot Calgary 22-4, and finished the game 5-for-9 with the man-advantage. Detroit came into the game 3-for-14 on the power play.

"We got off to a real good start," coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously the power play was real good."

Detroit has scored at least four goals in each of its first three games and has outscored its opponents 15-7. The 15 goals ties the Red Wings with Atlanta for most in the league.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Mikael Samuelsson and Robert Lang each had a goal and an assist on Sunday, while Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and Jason Williams collected two assists.

Lidstrom passed Ted Lindsay to move into sixth place on Red Wings' career scoring list with 729 points.

The Canucks lost 4-3 in a shootout at Edmonton on Saturday after opening the season with a 3-2 home victory over Phoenix.

Captain Markus Naslund had two power-play goals and an assist for Vancouver, which was 3-for-12 with the man-advantage against the Oilers.

"We've got to put teams away when we have chances," said Naslund, who is tied for the league lead with four goals.

STANDINGS: Canucks - 3 points, 2nd place (tied), Northwest Division. Red Wings - 6 points, 1st place, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - Naslund, 4 goals and 5 points, Sami Salo, 3 assists, Salo and Daniel Sedin, 6 PIM. Red Wings - Lang and Samuelsson, 3 goals; Jason Williams, 5 assists; Zetterberg, 6 points; Brendan Shanahan, 19 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 8): Canucks - Power play: 18.8 percent (3 for 16), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 72.7 percent (8 for 11), 27th. Red Wings - Power play: 21.4 percent (3 for 14), 8th (tied). Penalty killing: 88.2 percent (15 for 17), 10th.

GOALTENDERS: Canucks - Dan Cloutier (1-0-1, 2.42 GAA); Alex Auld (no record). Red Wings - Manny Legace (3-0-0, 2.33); Chris Osgood (no record).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

LAST MEETING: March 5, 2004; Red Wings, 3-1. At Detroit, Lidstrom had a goal and two assists for Detroit, while Mike Keane scored Vancouver's lone goal.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 0-0-1 on the road; Red Wings - 2-0-0 at home.

Associated Press

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