The Red Wings look to avoid their first three-game losing streak
since November 16-19 when they host the Vancouver Canucks on
With 32 wins to match Dallas for most victories in the Western
Conference, Detroit and Nashville have 68 points apiece in the
division race. The Red Wings will fall out of first place with
a loss and a win by the Predators at Minnesota on Thursday.
After losing to Nashville in Monday's rescheduled game, Detroit
got a goal from Mathieu Schneider in the opening period of
Tuesday's 2-1 overtime defeat to the Predators.
Two points behind Calgary for the top spot in the Northwest
Division, the Canucks have won seven of 10. However, they have
dropped the first two contests of a seven-game road trip against
two of the league's weaker teams.
Vancouver opened the trip with a shutout loss Monday at St.
Louis before Tuesday's 6-5 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Canucks may be without defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who has
been bothered by a groin injury and returned to Vancouver on
Wednesday for further evaluation. He has played in just two of
the team's last 13 games.
Todd Bertuzzi had a hat trick for Vancouver in a 4-1 victory
over Detroit on November 13. The Canucks have won four of the
last five encounters against the Red Wings.