The Red Wings are looking to start another win streak on Thursday when they continue a five-game road trip by taking on the Vancouver Canucks. Detroit won their last outing 3-1, beating the Calgary Flames after a six-day break for the All-Star Game. Some thought the layoff might affect Detroit negatively, with six days to reflect on a 7-2 loss to the Montreal Candiens on Jan. 25, but the fact that they had previously won seven-straight games probably has something to do with the positive attitude.
And even though two of those games on said winning streak were on the road, the Red Wings still have struggled mightily overall away from Joe Louis Arena this season. Starting off the second-half of the season with wins in their next three, all on the road, would be a great start.
This will be the third of four meetings between the teams this season, with the series even at one-all. Detroit will be fighting an uphill battle, with both teams already holding home ice once this season. Detroit took the first one 2-0 on Oct. 13, while the Canucks came back with a 4-2 win on Dec. 21. Both teams are at the top of the Western Conference, so it could certainly be a preview of the playoffs. Detroit is just 14-14-0 on the road this season.