Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/24/13
Motown The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their four game road trip with an afternoon game with Detroit, who’s still struggling to adjust to hockey in the post-Lidstrom era. You can’t just replace one of the greatest defencemen of all time, and the Wings are middling around .500 this year instead of keeping pace with Chicago for the central division lead. Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (10 – 3 – 4) v Dallas Stars (8 – 7–3) Venue: Joe Louis Arena Time: 2:00 pm PT TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040 Game Notes It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Livonia, Michigan born Ryan Kesler. Vancouver has perhaps surprisingly owned Detroit in recent matchups, holding a 5-1-4 record in their last 10 meetings. Both teams, coincidentally, are coming off wins over Nashville. What to Watch: Detroit As mentioned, there have been growing pains adjusting to a blueline with Niklas Lidstrom and really without an adequate replacement after Ryan Suter and several other high profile defencemen failed to materialize in Detroit.
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