Sunday, November 2, 2008

Stanley Cup Champs Invade GM Place

After taking four points from their two-day trip into California this past week, the Vancouver Canucks get set to open up a six-game home stand tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Canucks are coming off their marathon 7-6 win in a shoot-out against the Anaheim Ducks on Halloween. The win did come at a price to Vancouver as Jannik Hansen suffered a groin injury while playing in overtime. He will not dress tonight at GM Place and as a result, Jason Krog comes back into the line-up to take his spot on the line with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows.

The Wings are coming off three straight games in California, all of which saw them give up points. After collecting a 4-3 shoot-out win over the L.A. Kings, Detroit lost 5-4 in overtime to Anaheim last Wednesday and then dropped a 4-2 decision to San Jose on Thursday. However, they are still a strong club entering this game with a 7-2-2 record. The Wings are also the highest scoring team in the NHL with 41 goals for.

This will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams. In their previous meeting at Joe Louis Arena on October 16, Burrows scored the winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win for Vancouver.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Raymond
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Burrows - Kesler - Krog
Hordichuk - Johnson - Brown

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Edler
Salo - O'Brien


Red Wings:

Tomas Holmstrom - Pavel Datsyuk - Marian Hossa
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Mikael Samuelsson
Dan Cleary - Kris Draper - Jiri Hudler
Kirk Maltby - Tomas Kopecky - Darren McCarty

Nicklas Lidstrom - Brian Rafalski
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Derek Meech - Andreas Lilja

Chris Osgood
Ty Conklin

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