DETROIT – For the second consecutive Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks (5-3) and Detroit Red Wings (3-5) go head to head. Last week, the Canucks fell behind just 30 seconds after the opening face-off, but roared back with five unanswered goals – including three on the power play -- to clip the Wings 5-1 at Rogers Arena. Tonight the teams meet at Little Caesars Arena.
The Canucks are coming off a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle staked Vancouver to a 3-0 first period lead and Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves including 16 in the third period as the Canucks held off a frantic Rangers push for the equalizer. The Canucks have won two of three games on this four game road trip that concludes tonight. They have also won five of their last six with the only set back in that stretch a 1-0 loss in New Jersey on Saturday.
Against the Rangers, the Canucks established season highs for shots in a period with 20 in the opening frame, overall shots in a game with 43 and total shot attempts with 79. With Sunday’s victory, the Canucks have won five of their last six games.
Horvat has scored in two of his last three outings and finished Sunday’s game with seven shots on goal. The goal was the 100th of his NHL career. Elias Pettersson had a pair of assists on Sunday, is now a point a game player on the season and shares the team scoring lead with 2+6=8. He leads the Canucks in road scoring with three points – but is still looking for his first goal of the season on visiting ice.
JT Miller had two of his four goals on the season against the Wings last week. Both came on the power play. His next goal will be the 100th of his NHL career.
The Canucks will go with the same line-up they used on Sunday. That means Jake Virtanen will get another chance to skate alongside Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson. Jacob Markstrom makes his second straight start in goal.
The Wings have been idle since a 2-1 loss in Edmonton on Friday night that completed a three-games in four nights Western Canada road swing. The team has lost four straight – all in regulation – and has scored just one goal in each of its past three games. Veteran defenseman Mike Green had the Detroit goal against the Oilers.
Goalies Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier have alternated starts so far this season. The Canucks saw Bernier last week, but will face Howard tonight. Howard is 1-3 on the season with a 3.81 GAA and an 89.8% save percentage. His lone victory came in Nashville on opening night.
Anthony Mantha leads the Wings with six goals and 10 points. Four of his goals came in a 4-3 win over Dallas in the Wings home opener. He has gone four games without scoring and has just one goal in his past six contests. Mantha has both of Detroit’s power play goals on the season. The Wings are just 2/21 (9.5%) with the man-advantage.
Tyler Bertuzzi is second in team scoring with 3+5=8. He scored twice on opening night, but has just one goal in his past seven games and has gone four without putting a puck in the net.
The Canucks are 1-0-1 in their two visits to the new rink in Motown. They dropped a 3-2 shootout decision here a year ago.
RED WINGS LINE-UP
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