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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 7:30 PM (PST)


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The Detroit Red Wings are struggling to score goals as it is, but will be without Johan Franzen when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. He was forced to leave practice this morning with an injury of some kind. MLive.com originally reported the injury to Franzen this morning.

In response to the loss, the Wings have called up Luke Glendening, who has been shuffled between the NHL and AHL several times this season already.


Patrick Eaves will also make his season debut, he was out with a knee injury since September.















Canucks look to extend win streak vs. Red Wings

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 7:41 PM

Davis Harper - NHL.com staff wrtier

Season series: This is the first of two matchups between these former Western Conference foes. Detroit is 3-0-2 over its last five against Vancouver, although the Canucks won the most recent encounter, 2-1 in a shootout, on April 20.

Big story: Detroit and Vancouver are meeting as inter-conference foes for the first time since 1980-81, and the two perennial powers are headed in opposite directions of late. The Red Wings are looking to avoid a fifth straight loss as they open a four-game road swing at Rogers Centre, while Vancouver is looking to close out October with a fifth straight victory.

Team scope:

Red Wings: After a promising start to the season, little has come easy for the Red Wings over the past four games. Detroit has gone 0-2-2 with losses to Phoenix, San Jose, Ottawa and, on Saturday, the New York Rangers. The Rangers – suffering from early-season issues of their own – dominated much of the play, and only the outstanding play of goaltender Jimmy Howard (37 saves) kept the Red Wings in it. Derick Brassard scored with 13 seconds to play in overtime to give New York the victory.

“Something has to be done about it,” Howard said after the game. “It’s just believing in each other and not trying to do too much, let guys do their jobs. It’s frustrating. We lost with 12 seconds left in overtime. Once again we didn’t really play 60 minutes and lost.”

Canucks: The Canucks, to a man, have had no problems doing their jobs. Vancouver has won four in a row and is 6-1-1 over its last eight – seven of which came on the road – grinding out three overtime or shootout victories over that stretch. Back on home ice Monday against the Washington Capitals, the Canucks emerged victorious in yet another one-goal contest. The loaded top line of Daniel Sedinn, Henrik Sedinn and Ryan Keslerr combined for four points, including the tying and go-ahead goals early in the third period.

"They had the puck a lot," Canucks coach John Tortorella said of his new No.1 line of Kesler with Daniel and Henrik Sedinn. "[Kesler] did a lot of forechecking for them and winning battles. Danny's goal was just puck possession, and I haven't seen a goal like that in quite a while."

Who’s hot: Daniel Sedin has three goals and three assists over a four-game point streak. He also has four goals and an assist in his past four against the Red Wings. … Despite the loss to the Rangers, Howard bounced back after being pulled against Ottawa three days earlier for conceding three goals on eight shots. Howard started all five contests over the Wings recent 3-0-2 run against the Canucks.

Injury report: Detroit forward Johan Franzen will miss the game Wednesday with an undisclosed injury. Center Darren Helm is on injured reserve with a partially torn disc in his lower back, along with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (upper body). … Canucks winger David Boothh will miss 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury. Forwards Dale Weise (lower body), Jannik Hansen (upper body) and Jordan Schroeder (sprained ankle) are all on injured reserve.


How will the stars align when the Canucks take on the Red Wings?

By Steve Ewen, The Province

October 29, 2013 7:00 PM

Count Niklas Kronwall among those who would find Henrik and Daniel Sedin going head-to-head with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for an entire night as compelling.

“It would be fun to see them matched up against each,” Kronwall, the Detroit Red Wings defenceman, said of his team’s top two talents squaring off against the Vancouver Canucks’ red-hot twins. “The crowd would get something to see, for sure.”

There’s a chance that two of the league’s pre-eminent duos could get plenty of face time with one another Wednesday, when Detroit visits Rogers Arena (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1040 AM). Vancouver coach John Tortorella has the most control, since he owns last change as the home team, and he’s using the line of Sedins and Ryan Kesler so much that he doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about who they are facing.

Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock had split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg for a time in a bid to get the sagging Red Wings back on track. Babcock had them together, with Todd Bertuzzi, at practice on Tuesday at UBC, although Babcock did offer up the caveat, “We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings,” when asked about his forward units.

The Sedins and Zetterberg and Datsyuk have played against each other in limited doses in the past, in large part because former Canuck coach Alain Vigneault wanted a line centred by Kesler to match up with team’s top unit.

“Obviously, Kesler is a good player, a good skater ... he works hard on the ice,” said Zetterberg. “That’s a good line. I don’t know if we will play against them or one of the other lines.

“That’s a fun matchup. Every time you play against the Sedins, it’s fun. They’re good players.

“It’s fun to watch them. It’s fun to play on the same team with them.”

He’s done it all. Zetterberg, like the twins, is a 33-year-old Swede. They go back years, along with Kronwall, a 32-year-old from that country. They were all part of the gold-medal winners at Turin 2006.

Kronwall insisted Tuesday, with a smile, that doesn’t give him an added advantage when he has to step out on the ice versus the Sedins.

“It doesn’t help,” he said. “They seem to find each other out there on the ice no matter what.”

Further adding to the storyline here is that Detroit (6-4-2) is winless in four games (0-2-2). Babcock is tying it to poor defensive play. The Red Wings dropped a 6-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators last Wednesday and fell 5-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 19.

“There’s too much room,” he said. “We’re giving up too many shots. We’re not as tight as we should be defensively.

“We haven’t executed. Any time you don’t execute in your own zone, you spend too much time in your own zone. To me, that’s a key area of concern. I don’t think we’re that far away, but that ... isn’t good enough in our league.”

Kronwall added: “Everybody has to get a few percentage points better, and we’ll become better as a team.”


Canucks Game Day: Clipping Datsyuk's, Zetterberg's Wings key for streaking hosts

'It's going to be a challenge toinight,' says Daniel Sedin


VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks were successful in shutting down Alex Ovechkin in their 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday and tonight they face a similar challenge against the Detroit Red Wings: stopping Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1040).

The Wings' dynamic duo have combined for 24 points this season and Zetterberg leads the team in goals with six. So what's the Canucks’ strategy?

“We don't approach it on one particular player, or the top players,” explained Canucks head coach John Tortorella. “Again, and I know I say it every day, it's about how we play. We don't change much, We made a little adjustment on how we kill penalties against Washington in the last game and I thought it benefitted us. So, within a system like a special team, we'll look at things, but there are a lot of good players in the league and I just don't believe in doing and making a lot of different things happen.”

Datsyuk and Zetterberg are expected to play on the same line tonight as Detroit looks to snap a four-game losing streak. Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo, 5-0-1 in his last six starts, will face the Wings. The Canucks have won four in a row.

“They have a lot of skilled forwards, but a couple of guys who are really shifty and crafty with the plays that they make,” Luongo said. “They can make plays out of nothing so this is another game where I think we need to play right in their face. We can't be mesmerized by their puck handling.”

“It's going to be a challenge tonight,” added Daniel Sedin. “But if we can keep the puck in their end and try to spend some time down there, it's going to tire them out.”

The Canucks are expected to dress the same 18 skaters responsible for vanquishing the Capitals, although the bottom two lines might have a different look, at least to start. Jeremy Welsh is expected to centre the third line between Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian, a trio that finished the Washington game as a unit.

The fourth line would then be left with Tom Sestito, Darren Archibald and converted defenceman Yannick Weber — none of them a centre — so it's doubtful they'll skate as a threesome.

Detroit's expected line tonight will see Datsyuk between Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi, Stephen Weiss with Dan Cleary and Daniel Alfredsson, Joakim Andersson between Justin Abdelkader and Tomas Tatar, and Luke Glendening with Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves. One-time Canuck Mikael Samuelsson and rambunctious Jordin Tootoo figure to be the healthy scratches among Red Wings forwards.

The expected defensive pairings are Niklas Kronwall-Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith-Kyle Quincey, and Jakub Kindl-Brian Lashoff. Goalie Jimmy Howard (3-4-2) is scheduled to get the start.

“We have to play better in our own zone and tighten up a little bit more,” said Zetterberg, the Wings captain. “It's going to be a fun matchup anytime you play against the Sedins.”

The twins have combined for 31 points this season.

ICE CHIPS: The Canucks’ power play has sunk to 28th in the league at 10 per cent but their penalty kill has risen into a tie for fourth with the Maple Leafs (85.4 per cent) ... Detroit's power play is 11th (21.6 per cent) while its P.K. is tied for 20th (79.6 per cent) ... Referees for tonight's game are Mike Leggo and Chris Rooney.

INJURIES: The Canucks will again be missing C Jordan Schroeder (ankle), RW Jannik Hansen (upper body), LW David Booth (lower body and RW Dale Weise (lower body). The Wings are expected to be without C Darren Helm (groin), D Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) and RW Johan Franzen (undisclosed).




The team is named for the Michigan warbling red wing, a bird known for its distinctive spoked wheels and common to the subdivisions of Detroit.

Just kidding. The winged wheel logo was actually borrowed from a cycling club in Montreal. Here's how it happened.

Detroit was awarded an NHL franchise in 1926, and the owners stocked their team by purchasing the roster of the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League. The team was known as the Detroit Cougars for a couple of years, then the Falcons. They did not win often under either name.

n 1932, a millionaire named James Norris bought the team. Here's the rest of the story, as told by Bob Duff in his Detroit Red Wings article in Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League:

"Norris had been a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, a sporting club with cycling roots. The MAAA's teams were known by their club emblem and these Winged Wheelers were the first winners of the Stanley Cup in 1893. Norris decided that a version of their logo was perfect for a team playing in the Motor City and on October 5, 1932 the club was renamed the Red Wings."

Coincidence or not, the new name and logo marked a turnaround in the team's fortunes. The Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs in their first season, and won their first Stanley Cup in 1936.


In 1945 the Pacific Coast Hockey League established an ice hockey franchise in the city of Vancouver. Known as the Canucks, they immediately enjoyed success by winning PCHL championships in their first (1946) and third (1948) years of existence. In 1952, the PCHL merged with the Western Canada Senior Hockey League to form the professional Western Hockey League.

The Canucks would go on to win the President's/Lester Patrick Cup in 1958, 1960, 1969, and 1970. The team played at the Vancouver Forum, an arena that holds 5,050 people and which is still part of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).

In 1965, when the NHL announced plans to expand to six additional markets, the owner of the WHL's Canucks (and former Vancouver mayor), Fred Hume, announced that the city of Vancouver would apply. However, the presentation to the NHL's Board of Governors was sloppily prepared. Because of this, and the fact that the Vancouver ownership group was disliked by Detroit Red Wings owner Bruce Norris and Toronto Maple Leafs majority-owner Stafford Smythe (who hated Vancouver in general because of a failed arena plan), the application did not succeed. Nevertheless, the Pacific Coliseum, which was to be the first home for a prospective Vancouver NHL team, was built on the grounds of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).

The Vancouver Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team, and were placed in the strong East Division for their first four seasons. The 1974–75 season saw the Canucks move to the new Smythe Division where they finished first in the division.

Since joining the NHL the team has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final three times, but lost every time, first to the New York Islanders in 1982, then the New York Rangers in 1994 and most recently the Boston Bruins in 2011.





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This is gonna be a good one! I don't feel very confident against Detriot espically since they have 2 great players, plus they have a 2nd line that has alot of scoring danger.

I'm looking for a big game for Higgins, Santorelli and Hamhuis. Hamhuis and Tanev vs Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Not sure why it is a 7:30PM start but all I care is the W!

I liked it on Sportsnet since the post-game and intermission is all about Canucks where at TSN they take most of the halftime on highlights and other NHL games but just gonna watch the game...

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