Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks 02/15/2024

Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Canucks 2/10/2024

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their road trip with a loss on Tuesday night to the Edmonton Oilers when they lost 8-4, while the Canucks are coming off a win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night 4-2.

Detroit Red Wings (27-19-6, 60 Points) vs. Vancouver Canucks (36-12-6, 78 Points)

When: Thursday, February 15
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)
TV: Bally Sports Detroit

Scoring Leaders

Detroit Red Wings

Points: Dylan Larkin – 47
Goals: Dylan Larkin – 23
Assists: Lucas Raymond – 28

Vancouver Canucks

Points: Elias Pettersson – 69
Goals: Brock Boeser – 30
Assists: Quinn Hughes – 54

Expected Line Combinations

Detroit Red Wings

Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
David Perron – J.T. Compher – Patrick Kane
Michael Rasmussen – Andrew Copp – Christian Fischer
Klim Kostin – Joe Veleno – Daniel Sprong
Jake Walman – Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Olli Maatta – Shayne Gostisbehere

Vancouver Canucks

Nils Hoglander – Elias Pettersson – Elias Lindholm
Pius Suter – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua – Teddy Blueger – Conor Garland
Phil Di Giuseppe – Sam Lafferty – Ilya Mikheyev
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Ian Cole – Tyler Myers
Noah Juulsen – Mark Friedman

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Detroit Red Wings

PP%: 23.4 (11)
PK%: 81.6 (10)
GF P/G: 3.50 (5)
GA P/G: 3.31 (25)
Faceoff %: 49.0 (20)

Vancouver Canucks

PP%: 23.9 (9)
PK%: 80.0 (15)
GF P/G: 3.69 (2)
GA P/G: 2.57 (4)
Faceoff %: 50.5 (15)

Red Wings Player to Watch: Jake Walman

Walman has played in 46 games this season and has 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists. He leads all the Detroit defensemen and ranks overall on the team tied for sixth in goals. He has four points on a goal and three assists on the power play. He has recorded three points in his last five games on two goals and an assist.

Walman’s Line Assignments

Walman will be on the first defensive pairing playing alongside Moritz Seider. He also played on the first penalty kill unit with Seider, J.T. Compher, and Andrew Copp.

Walman’s career vs. Vancouver

Walman in his career has played in only one game against Vancouver and that came last Saturday in which he recorded two points on a goal and an assist; the goal came as the game-winner on a penalty shot in overtime.

Between The Pipes

Detroit: Alex Lyon (14-7-2, 2.76 GAA) / Ville Husso (9-5-2, 3.55 GAA) / James Reimer (4-6-2, 3.22 GAA)

Lyon last played on Tuesday when he came in for Husso who left due to injury, he suffered the loss giving up seven goals on 29 shots, it was Lyon’s worst game to this point of the season. He has faced Vancouver twice in his career going 1-0-0, that lone win came last Saturday when he stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

Husso returned to the crease on Tuesday against Edmonton but he left after almost nine minutes with an injury, he stopped six of the seven shots he faced. In his career against the Canucks, he is 5-0-0 in five games.

Reimer last appeared against Dallas on January 23rd when he came in relief of Lyon for the third period and stopped all six shots he faced. In his career against the Vancouver, he is 5-6-1 in 12 games.

Vancouver: Thatcher Demko (29-9-1, 2.44 GAA) / Casey DeSmith (7-3-5, 2.74 GAA)

Demko last played on Tuesday against the Blackhawks in which he got the win giving up two goals on 23 shots. In his career against Detroit, he is 1-1-0.

DeSmith last played on Saturday against Detroit, and he suffered the loss giving up four goals on 28 shots. In his career against Detroit, including Saturday he is 1-1-3 in five games.

Wrap Up

The Red Wings are coming off their worst game of the season to kick off their road trip and now will take on the best team in the Western Conference in the Canucks who they just so happen to beat last Saturday in overtime. This is a big game for Detroit as the New Jersey Devils are breathing down their necks and currently sit just two points behind the Red Wings. A win tonight should help make things a little more comfortable heading into their game over the weekend.

In their last ten games against Vancouver, Detroit is 7-3-0, winning five straight, and have outscored them in those ten games 30-24. Detroit beat the Canucks on Saturday 4-3 in overtime.


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