[7:30 PM] Canucks @ Red Wings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Vancouver Canucks (5-8-1)

@ Detroit Red Wings (7-6-1)


Starting Goalies:

Ryan Miller (VAN): Confirmed

Jimmy Howard (DET): Confirmed


Current odds:

Vancouver Canucks: (+155)

Detroit Red Wings: (-175)


The Detroit Red Wings snapped a pair of winless streaks in their last outing while the Vancouver Canucks ended a pronounced nine-game skid en route to winning their first road contest of the season. The teams will look to build a positive streak on Thursday as they attempt to win two in a row at the other’s expense when they meet at Joe Louis Arena.

Veteran Ryan Miller has yielded 10 goals over his last two outings to see his winless skid extend to six games. The 36-year-old Michigan native hasn’t tasted victory since a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary in the season opener on Oct. 15 and owns a less-than-desirable 4-10-3 career mark and 3.20 goals-against average in 17 meetings with Detroit. Disappointing offseason acquisition Loui Eriksson, who ended a seven-game point drought with his first goal of the season on Tuesday, has fared well versus the Red Wings with 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 39 encounters.

Athanasiou has been shuffled from line to line throughout the season and even found himself paired with Tyler Bertuzzi, who was making his NHL debut on Tuesday. Bertuzzi, who logged 9:57 of ice time and had a plus-1 rating on Tuesday, is no stranger to Athanasiou as the two have been paired on a line in Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin has two goals and an assist during his three-game point streak and 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 51 career encounters with Detroit.

Red Wings LW Drew Miller, who is the younger brother of Ryan, has been held off the scoresheet in eight straight contests.

Canucks F Jake Virtanen was demoted to Utica of the AHL on Wednesday after mustering just one assist and two penalty minutes in 10 games this season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Detroit Red Wings

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick