NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, November 3rd
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (5-5-1-0) at Vancouver Canucks (7-2-2-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to extend their unbeaten streak
to eight games this evening when they host the Detroit Red Wings at GM Place.
The Canucks enter tonight's contest following a 4-1 win over the Phoenix
Coyotes on Friday. Trevor Linden and Jiri Slegr scored goals 51 seconds apart
in the first period to spark the win.
Marek Malik, Magnus Arvedson and Todd Bertuzzi posted two assists apiece for
the Canucks, who are 5-0-2 in their last seven. Brendan Morrison and Markus
Naslund also scored, while Dan Cloutier made 23 saves for Vancouver. Cloutier
has been splendid in the early going and is 5-2-0 with a 1.86 goals-against
average this season.
Morrison extended his points streak to seven games and has three goals and six
assists in that span. However, Bertuzzi, who signed a four-year, $28- million
contract extension earlier in the year, has not scored in 10 straight games
since lighting the lamp on opening night.
The Canucks, who lead the league with 38 goals, have scored first in all 11 of
its games this season, giving them the second-longest streak to start an NHL
campaign. The Philadelphia Flyers scored first in 12 straight games to start
the 1985-86 season.
Vancouver, whose last loss came at the hands of the Red Wings back on October
16, also boasts a perfect 5-0-1 mark at home.
Detroit, meanwhile, has struggled since beating the Canucks and have gone just
2-5-1 since. The Red Wings extended their winless string to four games on
Saturday, as they blew a two-goal third period lead in a 4-4 deadlock with the
Brett Hull and Darren McCarty each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings,
who are 0-3-1 in their last four.
Detroit scored four goals in a 5:17 span late in the second period to take a
4-2 lead into the third, but Ales Hemsky and Ethan Moreau scored in the last
frame of regulation to forge a tie.
Manny Legace finished with 29 saves, including five in overtime, for the Red
Wings, as Dominik Hasek continues to nurse a sore groin. Curtis Joseph, who is
also hampered by a groin problem, will be available to back up Legace tonight.
Detroit has won two of its last three meetings with the Canucks and is 8-2-3
in its last 13 trips to Vancouver.
11/03 10:13:41 ET