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Wings, Canucks have similar game plans tonight

Oct 30, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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Tonight in Vancouver, a pair of teams with loaded top lines will meet when the Canucks host the Detroit Red Wings.

For the home team, there’s the red-hot trio of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler. For the visitors, it’s Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi.

Given the match-up, it’s no surprise both sides were touting similar game plans this morning, per

Daniel Sedin: “If we can keep the puck in their end and try to spend some time down there it’s going to tire them out.”

Bertuzzi: “We got to make sure we kind of bottle them up and frustrate them a bit and spend more time in their zone.”

Makes sense.

Winless in four and playing on the road against a confident Canucks club that’s won four straight, the Wings are the betting underdogs tonight. It should be noted, however, that Detroit beat Vancouver handily in both meetings last season, 8-3 on Feb. 24 and 5-2 on March 16.

  1. cambannedloinstache - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Upset I can’t catch this, these two teams consistently play among the most entertaining hockey. Canucks fan but my money is on Detroit – they’re due for a win and I think Howard wants to make a statement with his game.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      The wings are in tough. The Canucks have gained a lot of confidence from their seven game road trip marathon going 5-1-1. They are playing more and more the way Torts wants and that only means good things for the team. Canucks second line was dangerous all night in the last game creating chances et c… if they can capitalize on one or two the wings will be in a bad spot. The defence of the Canucks leads the league in points from the back end. Luongo is playing well for October. The only issues are injuries and the third and fourth lines.

  2. polegojim - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    IThe winged wheel homer in me will ALWAYS pick the Red Wings…

    BUT… Howard, Weiss, AND the Defense all need to make statements!

    • polegojim - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      MUCH better game… team game… great to see Alfie hitting his stride.

      Didn’t like Howard giving one up after only 8 shots… but it was the Sedin line and a nice play.

      Go RED WINGS!

  3. saintsredwings - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    We ( Wings ) need more scoring. Our team only goes as far as Z and Datsyuk. Our other lines need to get points.

  4. cheliostwin - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I’m rooting for the Wings, but I’ve noticed over the past couple of years they tend to have an awful game when they have several days off between games. Hopefully the three days off they’ve had since Saturday’s game won’t affect them too much. Babcock seems to have lost confidence in himself and his team. Every quote I’ve seen from him over the past week has been stuff like, “I don’t know where this team is headed” and “I need to come up with a game plan and figure out where this team needs to go.”
    I think it is time for the captain, Zetterberg, to step up and get this team straightened out. They have plenty of talented players, a great coach, I don’t know why they keep losing.

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