DETROIT, MI (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks will try to make it three wins in a row as they play the final game of a four-game road trip. The Canucks will take on the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon.
Both teams are coming off a shutout of the Nashville Predators. The Canucks took a 1-0 win over the Preds on Friday night, while Detroit snapped a five-game winless slide with a 4-0 victory over Nashville yesterday.
Today’s game will be the first meeting of the season between the teams and marks the Canucks only trip to Joe Louis Arena. The teams split their four meetings last season.
Roberto Luongo is expected to make his second consecutive start in goal for Vancouver. After recording his second shutout of the season in Nashville, Luongo leads the NHL with a 1.45 goals against average, and his .941 save percentage is second to Ottawa’s Craig Anderson (.952).
Luongo is unbeaten in regulation in his last nine games against the Red Wings. He’s gone 5-0-4 during that span.
Kevin Bieksa left Friday’s game against the Predators with a lower body injury and it looks like he will sit out against Detroit. Bieksa did not participate in the morning skate and was replaced by Andrew Alberts.
Puck drop is at 2 p.m. and the game can be seen on Sportsnet Pacific.