Detroit vs Vancouver: Too Close for Comfort

Detroit takes on Vancouver tonight at 9:30 pm on FSD. The Canucks and Wings are very evenly matched, they both went through a rough spell at the start of the season and turned it around to become two of the leagues dominant teams.

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The Wings and Canucks met one time earlier this season back on October 13th. The Wings won 2-0 backed by a 25 save shutout by Jimmy Howard.

Both teams have a top-six that would scare any team, 6 players each with 20+ points. Detroit has Jimmy, so the edge goes to the Wings tonight.

Detroit Vancouver
Record 21-10-1 20-11-2
Home 13-2-1 9-4-1
Road 8-8-0 11-7-1
Last 5 4-1-0 3-1-1
Last 10 7-3-0 7-2-1
1 Goal Gms 3-4-1 7-6-2
2 Goal Gms 5-2 1-1
3 Goal Gms 13-4 12-4
Scoring 1st 16-6-1 16-4-0
Opp Score 1st 5-4-0 4-7-2
Leading After 1 15-2-1 10-2-0
Trailing After 1 2-4-0 4-2-2
Leading After 2 15-1-1 15-0-0
Trailing After 2 1-8-0 3-8-2
Outshooting 14-7-1 11-8-2
Outshot 6-3-0 7-3-0
Vs Northwest 7-3-1
Vs Central 4-5-1
Power Play 21.2% (4th) 26.1% (1st)
Penalty Kill 81.2% (21st) 85.8% (7th)
Penalties PG 8.8 (2nd) 14.1 (24th)
Goals PG 3.3 3.3
Goals Against 2.2 2.4
Shots PG 33.7 32.5
Shots Against 27.2 29.3

DET is 81-53-18-4 all-time vs VAN
DET is 33-33-10-1 all-time at VAN
DET is 6-1-0 vs Canadian-based teams this season
DET is 65-3-4 the last 72 times they’ve scored 4+ goals in a game

J. Howard is on pace to record 51 victories this season (NHL record – 48, M. Brodeur)
J. Howard is 6-2-1 (1.65 GAA, .926 SV%) in 9 starts vs Northwest Division teams this season
P. Datsyuk has tallied 4G-9A-13P in his last 13 Wednesday games
D. Cleary has registered 9GP-4G-5A-9P, +10 rating in the month of December
D. Helm has recorded 0G-5A-5P, +5 rating in his last 5 games played
H. Zetterberg has tallied 3G-9A-12P in his last 10 games played at VAN
I. White has recorded a plus/minus rating of even or better in 26 of his 28 games played this season (+6 in last 3 GP)
J. Franzen is on pace to register 35G-41A-76P this season (all career highs)
V. Filppula is on pace to register 26G-41A-67P this season (all career highs)
N. Lidstrom has tallied 9G-22A-31P in his last 31 games vs Northwest Division teams
N. Lidstrom’s next SHG will tie him with N. Libbett for 9th place in DET team history (11)
N. Lidstrom has skated in 196 consecutive regular season games (longest active streak on DET)
N. Lidstrom’s next point will give him sole possession of 50th place in NHL history (currently tied with B. Federko, 1130)
N. Lidstrom is currently 3 assists behind P. Esposito for 21st place in NHL history (873)
N. Lidstrom recorded his 300th career assist on 1/16/99 at VAN
N. Kronwall tied a career-high by scoring 2 goals on 11/6/10 at VAN
T. Bertuzzi and P. Datsyuk tied a DET team record by scoring goals 5 seconds apart on 3/20/10 at VAN

Mickey Redmond @ Vancouver, Jan. 12, 1973
Danny Grant @ Vancouver, Feb. 14, 1975
Paul Woods vs. Vancouver, Feb. 12, 1978
Dale McCourt vs. Vancouver, Dec. 20, 1978
Danny Gare vs. Vancouver, Feb. 27, 1985
Reed Larson vs. Vancouver, Feb. 27, 1985
Ron Duguay @ Vancouver, March 15, 1985
Dino Ciccarelli (4) @ Vancouver, Apr. 5, 1994
Ray Sheppard vs. Vancouver, Jan. 24, 1995
*Brett Hull @ Vancouver, April 27, 2002

Lineups for tonight’s game should be the same as in Edmonton, why change what’s working…

Gameday Movie poster coming soon, It’s a doozy.