Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
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Game 2: Wednesday, December 22nd
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Game 3: Saturday, January 8th
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Game 4: Wednesday, March 23rd
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Red Wings 4

(8-3-1, 17 pts)

Canucks 6

(8-3-2, 18 pts)

Coverage: CBC

10:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
DET 0 3 14
VAN 1 2 36

R. Kesler (Canucks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Malhotra (Canucks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

N. Kronwall (Red Wings - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Red Wings-Canucks Preview


As well as Vancouver has played of late, the Canucks have done their best to avoid becoming overconfident. That's certainly the right approach with the Detroit Red Wings in town.

The Canucks look to extend their winning streak to six Saturday night when they host the surging Red Wings.

Vancouver (7-3-2) lost five of its first seven prior to its current five-game win streak -- the club's longest since a seven-game run Jan. 16-30. Despite the impressive recent play, the Canucks aren't taking anything for granted.

"I don't think we'll ever be happy," forward Ryan Kesler told the team's official website. "Winning games in NHL is a product of hard work. We just want to keep this winning streak alive."

Facing Detroit (8-2-1) could present a major challenge.

The Red Wings have won three in a row and six of seven. They're also 3-0-1 at Vancouver -- with each game decided by one goal -- since a 4-1 regulation loss there Feb. 23, 2008.

"We're playing together and having fun out there," forward Pavel Datsyuk told the Red Wings' official website. "It's a good thing when you're having fun."

The Canucks have played well in just about every facet of the game during their run of success.

Vancouver is 5 for 8 on the power play in the last two games and has killed off 16 straight penalties since giving up three power-play goals at Minnesota in its last regulation loss -- a 6-2 defeat Oct. 19.

"The big thing with us is we wanted to keep playing the same way and it's working out for us," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said.

Kesler has scored four of his five goals in the last five games, while Henrik and Daniel Sedin have combined for four goals and seven assists over the last six.

Daniel Sedin, who had two assists in a 3-1 win at Colorado on Thursday, has two goals and seven assists in his last five games versus Detroit.

After Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots against the Avalanche to improve to 3-0 with a 0.90 goals-against average, Roberto Luongo could be back in net even though he's posted a 3.95 GAA during a three-game home losing streak to the Red Wings.

Vancouver forward Rick Rypien is eligible to return to the lineup Saturday after serving a six-game suspension for going after a fan in Minnesota last month.

Dan Cleary had a goal with two assists and Valtteri Filppula scored his third of the season in Detroit's 3-1 win at Edmonton on Friday. Cleary has five points in his last three games.

Henrik Zetterberg added an assist, giving him 11 points in seven contests. He's recorded three goals and four assists in his last four games against the Canucks.

Jimmy Howard made 29 saves Friday to improve to 6-0-1 with a 1.82 GAA on the season. He is 3-2-0 with a 3.12 GAA versus Vancouver.