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The Detroit Red Wings finally snapped their streak of, well, streaks on Saturday, when they beat the Los Angeles Kings 8-2, meaning they lost just one game - to the Nashville Predators - before that and not too, which has been the theme of the season. It's the only time thus far that the Red Wings have won or lost just one game on its own this season. With a win in their last outing, a 3-2 decision over the Edmonton Oilers, the Red Wings are back on a winning streak, and looking for their third on Wednesday when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on the road.
Vancouver is on a streak of their own, having won two straight games following a two-game losing skid. In all of their last seven wins, the Canucks have scored at least four goals, and their two-game winning streak includes a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs and a 4-0 shutout over the Minnesota Wild. In December, they've also won games of 4-1, 5-1 and also had a 6-0 shutout over the Colorado Avalanche back on Dec. 6.
Needless to say, the Canucks can present a huge offensive threat on any given night, but have been inconsistent this season, regardless. Their December has been better, of course, but the Red Wings should feel reasonably confident heading into this one. Especially due to the fact that the Red Wings won the first meeting between the teams this season (of four), a 2-0 shutout on Oct. 14 at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Canucks are skating well, passing well and shooting well right now. Their biggest asset is their ability to capitalize on mistakes, and that will be the main focus of the game for the Red Wings. Luckily for Detroit, they're getting production out of both the top and bottom lines, so mistakes should be rare in this one.
You can catch the game at 10:00 p.m. eastern on the usual channels.