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Wednesday, March 3rd (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (38-22-2) at Detroit Red Wings (29-21-12), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to win three straight games for the first time in nearly three months as they take on the Vancouver Canucks, who continue their NHL-record 14-game trip tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings kicked off the NHL's post-Olympic schedule on Monday with a road test in Colorado. Having bested Ottawa in its final game before the break, Detroit made it two wins in a row for the first time since January 7-9 when Nicklas Lidstrom scored on the power play with 9:03 left in the third period to lift his club to a 3-2 victory.

Tomas Holmstrom, who sat out the Olympics due to a knee injury, scored and had two assists, Johan Franzen had a goal and Jimmy Howard posted 22 saves for the Red Wings, who moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with 70 points, one ahead of Calgary.

"We had a team meeting and we told ourselves that we had to make a decision that we needed to play better to get in [to the playoffs]," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "We can't lose one and then win one. We have to dig in and have the will and determination to get it done."

Tonight Babcock will try to lead his team to its first three-game winning streak since it won four straight from December 11-17.

The Red Wings have won both of their meetings with the Canucks this year, including a 3-1 home win on November 12. Howard made 31 saves and Henrik Zetterberg had the game-winning goal for Detroit, which has won three straight and seven of its last 10 over Vancouver. The Red Wings have also won two straight and four of their last five at home over the Canucks.

Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo has been in net for both losses to Detroit this year and will face Babcock for the first time since the two won gold together for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Babcock was the head coach of the squad, while Luongo helped Canada beat the American team in overtime in Sunday's championship match.

Though the Canucks haven't played at home since January 27, the Vancouver fans still got to see plenty of Luongo over the previous two weeks. He won five games after replacing Martin Brodeur as the starting netminder and posted a 1.76 goals-against average.

Luongo was rested by the Canucks in last night's 4-3 overtime win versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, a victory that moved Vancouver two points ahead of Colorado for first place in the Northwest Division. Instead, Andrew Raycroft made his first start since February 12 and halted 27 shots.

Christian Ehrhoff scored the winner 1:33 into OT, putting home a Ryan Kesler missed shot from in close. Kesler extended his point streak to six games (2 goals, 4 assists) with the helper.

"I just went with the guys and joined the play," Ehrhoff said about his game- winning goal. "It kind of took a good bounce for me and I just put it on net and the goalie wasn't there."

Kyle Wellwood and Alexandre Burrows each registered a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which split the first eight games of its epic road trip before the break. Vancouver improved to 15-15-1 on the road this year and doesn't return home until March 13.

03/03 10:50:25 ET


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