The NHL is set up with another solid slate of action as ten games are up on the board for Tuesday night. One of the matchups on the board will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings. These two teams are set to meet for the second time this season as they have started in opposite ways. I expect a solid game between these two teams as they go at it around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Vancouver has started out the season with a record of 0-2, but have been able to bounce back and get their record up to 5-3. The Canucks are currently sitting in fifth place of the Pacific Division. Vancouver won their last game after losing to the New Jersey Devils the night before. Now the Canucks will look to build up another winning streak with a win on the road against Detroit.
The Red Wings are currently in seventh place of the Atlantic Division with a record of 3-5 so far this season. Detroit jumped out to a 3-1 start this season, but have dropped their last four games. The Red Wings are playing at home again after a three game road trip and will look to gain some momentum back as they try to get back to an even record early in the season.
The Canucks and the Red Wings have both had opposite starts to the season. Detroit had a strong start, but have hit a bump, while Vancouver started poorly, but have jumped up in the standings since. I do not expect either team to finish high in the standings this season, but they will both look to stay competitive as long as they can, which should lead to an exciting game.
Vancouver and Detroit split last season’s series, which was two games. The Red Wings hosted the first game and fell down 2-0 early. Goals by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist sent the game to a shootout, where Dylan Larkin won it for Detroit. The second game shifted to Vancouver and once again was close. Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists, while Brock Boeser added two assists. Antoine Roussel scored the game winner to give the Canucks a 3-2 win.
The Canucks hosted the first game of this season’s series on October 15. Dylan Larkin opened up the scoring thirty seconds in, but Detroit struggled after that. Elias Pettersson and Alexander Edler both had a goal and two assists, while Brock Boeser added three assists. Thatcher Demko stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced as Vancouver won 5-1.
The Canucks and the Red Wings have split the season series the last two season’s and I think that there is a really good chance they do it again this season. Vancouver and Detroit continue to match up pretty well with each other on paper. The Canucks dominated the previous game, but I think that the Red Wings will use that as motivation to come out stronger at home.
The Canucks have not had the strongest power play so far this season. Vancouver has scored 5 power play goals on 34 chances throughout this season, which is a 14.7 percent. The Canucks penalty kill has been much stronger though, stopping 25 of the 27 power plays against them for a 92.6 percent kill rate on the season.
Detroit’s special teams has struggled to come together so far this season. The Red Wings power play has only found the back of the net twice on 21 chances, which has their power play percentage at 9.5 percent. Detroit has not had the best penalty kill, allowing 7 goals on 25 chances. The Red Wings have only killed off 72 percent of the power plays against them.
Neither of these two teams have been great on their power play to this point of the season, which has been an issue for them. The Canucks have at least made up for it by putting up a really strong performance on the penalty kill. Detroit has not found any rhythm on their special teams yet, but I expect them to keep moving things around to find something that works.
I expect Jacob Markstrom to start in net for the Canucks on Tuesday night. Markstrom has earned a save percentage of .932 and a 2.19 GAA through five starts. In those five starts, he has a 3-2 record on the season. Markstrom’s last start came against the New York Rangers, where he had 38 saves on 40 shots against to help Vancouver get the win.
Jimmy Howard is expected to be the starting goalie for Detroit in this matchup. Howard has put up a .898 save percentage and a GAA of 3.81 through four games this season. He has gone 1-3 through those four starts. Howard allowed 5 goals on 36 shots against the Calgary Flames, which led to another Red Wings loss.
Markstrom has been off to a much better start to this season for Vancouver, but Howard has been a solid starter for the Red Wings for years. Howard has been a little off this season, but I expect him to get some solid starts in there to eventually even out his stats. Detroit will need Howard to get a strong start on Tuesday night if they want to bounce back against the Canucks.
I believe that the Red Wings have a good chance to end their losing streak with a win against Vancouver on Monday night. Detroit has lost four in a row, but eventually, that losing streak will end. The Canucks are off to a fast start, but I think that they will slow down as the season gets longer. If the Red Wings can get special teams going or Howard has a strong start, I think they will win this game.
BetOnline has the Canucks listed as a -113 against the money line in this matchup. This implies that Vancouver will win this game around 53 percent of the time. I believe that with this game being in Detroit, that it should be closer to in favor of them. I like the Red Wings to end this four game slide with a win in their rematch with the Canucks.