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WGD: Game 15: Canucks vs. Red Wings

The Vancouver Canucks are in town to take on the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesers Arena. This match-up will feature two of the NHL’s most prominent rookies, Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson and Detroit’s Dennis Cholowski.

The Canucks are coming off an emotional win which saw them defeat the Colorado Avalanche 7-6 in overtime, lead by 5 and 4 point performances from Pettersson and Brock Boeser respectfully. The Wings on the other hand are looking to avenge Saturday night’s and get back in the win column.

THE RED WINGS

Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

LW

C

RW

Darren Helm

DARREN HELM

Dylan Larkin

DYLAN LARKIN

Anthony Mantha

ANTHONY MANTHA

Gustav Nyquist

GUSTAV NYQUIST

Jacob De La Rose

JACOB DE LA ROSE

Michael Rasmussen

MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Tyler Bertuzzi

TYLER BERTUZZI

Luke Glendening

LUKE GLENDENING

Justin Abdelkader

JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Luke Witkowski

LUKE WITKOWSKI

Wade Megan

WADE MEGAN

Martin Frk

MARTIN FRK

LD RD
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TREVOR DALEY

Mike Green

MIKE GREEN

Dan DeKeyser

DAN DEKEYSER

Nick Jensen

NICK JENSEN

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NIKLAS KRONWALL

Dennis Cholowski

DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

One notable lineup change is moving Cholowski down to the third pair. Originally on the first pair, his last game versus Edmonton was not one he’ll want to remember. Jeff Blashill obviously wasn’t pleased either, and will use this demotion as a learning experience for the 20 year-old defensemen.

Detroit will be down 4 skaters tonight: Andreas Athanasiou, Jonathan Ericsson, Frans Nielsen, and Thomas Vanek all out. updates and details on their injury status can be found here.

Coming into the game, Dylan Larkin is riding a 4 game point streak, where he has put up 8 points in that span. Same goes for Gustav Nyquist, who has 5 points over the last 4 games. Michael Rasmussen is starting to get hot also. He currently is on a 3 game point streak.

THE CANUCKS

Vancouver Canucks lines via DailyFaceoff

LW C RW
Tim Schaller

TIM SCHALLER

Bo Horvat

BO HORVAT

Brock Boeser

BROCK BOESER

Nikolay Goldobin

NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Elias Pettersson

ELIAS PETTERSSON

Loui Eriksson

LOUI ERIKSSON

Markus Granlund

MARKUS GRANLUND

Adam Gaudette

ADAM GAUDETTE

Jake Virtanen

JAKE VIRTANEN

Antoine Roussel

ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Brendan Gaunce

BRENDAN GAUNCE

Tyler Motte

TYLER MOTTE

LD RD
Ben Hutton

BEN HUTTON

Erik Gudbranson

ERIK GUDBRANSON

Derrick Pouliot

DERRICK POULIOT

Troy Stecher

TROY STECHER

Michael Del Zotto

MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Alex Biega

ALEX BIEGA

This Canucks squad has been a major surprise to start the season, as they currently are tied for fourth place in the entire NHL. They have had major success on the penalty kill, sitting 7th in penalty kill percentage. One of the biggest weaknesses is getting rubber on net. They average the 3rd least amount of shots per game in the league.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Jimmy Howard will be in net for The Red Wings, making his 11th start of the year. In his last two appearances he has come away with two wins, and looks to make it three tonight.

On the other end, while not confirmed, Jacob Markstrom will most likely be in the cage for Vancouver. He’s been a mixed bag this season. He has 4 games this season with under a .900 save percentage, but with every other game posting over a .920 save percentage. Detroit’s fate tonight could be decided by which Markstrom they get tonight.

HOW TO WATCH

Puck drop is at 7:30 P.M. EST and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and, if you’re tuning in from Canada, Sportsnet.

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