Detroit has been struggling as of late and that continued in Calgary, where a 5-2 loss stretched their losing skid to three games. The Red Wings will hopefully be out of it by Saturday when they take on Saturday. They find themselves as a road dog on the betting lines in Vancouver.
The Red Wings are in Edmonton on Friday night and given how they’ve played recently, they could be on a four-game losing streak by the time they get to Vancouver. They have been outscored 11-4 in their last three games, and the Red Wings have even outshot their competition in all three of those games, so they just can’t seem to find the net. Detroit has also been going between Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson in goal and defensively, the Red Wings are still getting used to not having Nicklas Lidstrom marshalling the blue line. It is strange times, indeed, in “Hockeytown”.
The Canucks have won two straight after a four-game skid, and this will be the second of a four-game homestand for Vancouver, where the goalie situation gets thicker and thicker by the day. During that four-game skid, Corey Schneider was in goal for three of them. But Roberto Luongo has been between the pipes for the two wins and even though he allowed four goals in a 7-4 win over Nashville, the team seems more confident with the veteran in nets.
Detroit has won three of the last five meetings between the two clubs, with four games going over the posted total. The numbers are the same when they’ve played in Vancouver, but this season, the Canucks are 7-3-3 on their own ice, and the Red Wings are 3-6-2 on the road heading into Edmonton on Friday. You have to go with the numbers here on Saturday night.
Pick: Vancouver Canucks