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Red Wings Special Teams Power Past Canucks

At even strength the Vancouver Canucks outplayed and outscored the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on a rainy Sunday night in Vancouver. Unfortunately for the Canucks, almost half the game was played with one team or the other having a man advantage. The Detroit power play unit was successful with 3 goals on 5 power play chances and the Red Wings’ penalty killers kept Vancouver off the scoreboard all 7 times that the Canucks enjoyed a man advantage. Detroit proved again why they have the NHL’s top power play unit, and Vancouver demonstrated that they can compete but that they need to continue working to improve their special team units.

After two straight road wins in southern California, the Canucks were confident about getting their long home stand off on a winning note, but instead they lost their second straight game at GM Place and saw their overall record fall back to 6 wins and 6 losses for the season. It’s important to note that three of the Canuck wins have come after regulation time and the law of averages suggests that this statistic will even out as the season moves on. While fans will say that the season is still young, they know that teams don’t make the playoffs by playing .500 hockey. The next 4 home games are against Western Conference opponents and the Canucks need to win at least 3 of them to prove that they will be a contender this year.

The Old Timer
November 2, 2008

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