Believe you can and you're halfway there: Canucks & Red Wings

Yankee Canuck
December 22 2010 04:58PM

 

Vancouver Canucks @ Detroit Red Wings

4:30 PM PST

Wings   Canucks
20 Wins 19
8 Losses 8
4 OTL 4
3.28 (3rd) Goals/Game 3.23 (4th)
2.72 (T-11th) Goals Against/Game 2.45 (7th)
20.6% (9th) PP 23.6% (3rd)
83% (12th) PK 85.3% (5th)

Fast Facts

> Five Hole Howard: With two of the top offenses on the ice, the focus will be on the netminders which works well for the Canucks. Mr. Jimmy Howard is a career 3-3 against the Canucks with the worst goals against stats (20GA, .866 GAA) of any other team he's faced.

> Just How Special Are They?: Just as it was in their first meeting, the special teams could be the deciding factor. Vancouver holds the edge on both the PP and PK. In their first meeting Vancouver scored two PP goals and Malhotra - who added one of those PP tallies - contributed a short handed marker as well. The Wings have coughed up PP goals against in five straight.

> A Preview Of Things To Come?: It took until the last game of the 2009-10 season for the first round to be decided and Vancouver just missed meeting the Wings by a single point. As both teams represent two of the finest in the West, you'd think at some point these two teams are going to meet in the spring again. All the more reason to measure up and treat these tilts like a best of seven. It should be a fun one.

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