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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (6-4-2) at Vancouver Canucks (9-4-1), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings aim to snap a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night when they kick off their road trip against the surging Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings have posted an 0-2-2 mark since a victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 17. They dropped a regulation game in Phoenix two days later and wrapped up a winless three-game stay at home with Saturday's 3-2 overtime setback to the New York Rangers.

Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, but was beaten on a breakaway by the Rangers' Derick Brassard with 12.9 seconds left in overtime. Drew Miller and Daniel Alfredsson had the goals for Detroit, which failed to earn a point for the first time this season when scoring first (5-1-1).

"We have no consistency in our play," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock remarked. "It doesn't look like we're wearing the team out. We've got a long way to go in that area and we'll have to sort this out."

The Red Wings will try to avoid going winless in five straight for the first time since an 0-3-2 slump from Feb. 13-21 of last season, but won't have forward Johan Franzen available tonight due to an undisclosed injury.

Franzen, who has two goals and five points in 12 games this season, could return by Friday's game in Calgary and center Luke Glendening was recalled from the American Hockey League ahead of this game.

Babcock does expect forward Patrick Eaves to make his season debut after missing the first 12 games with a sprained knee and ankle injury.

While the Red Wings are slumping, the Canucks have ripped off four straight wins and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. They overcame an early third- period deficit on Monday to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2.

The Canucks fell behind by a goal 1:52 into the third period, but Ryan Kesler scored a tying goal just 61 seconds later before Daniel Sedin potted the game- winner 5:01 into the period.

Zack Kassian also scored, Henrik Sedin had an assist and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves in the win.

"Resiliency," Kesler said. "We find a way to battle back and get the go-ahead (goal). That's the way our team's been all year."

Vancouver will look for its newly-formed top line of the Sedin brothers and Kesler to lead it to five straight wins for the first time since a six-game run from March 19-28.

Henrik Sedin has three goals and eight assists over a nine-game point streak, Kesler has five goals and eight points over a five-game run and Daniel Sedin has notched six points over his last four.

The Red Wings went 2-0-1 in three meetings last season with the Canucks, outscoring Vancouver by a 14-7 margin.

Howard is 9-5-2 with a shutout and 2.72 goals against average in his career versus the Canucks, while Luongo has posted an 11-12-6 mark with a 2.91 GAA in his encounters with the Red Wings.

10/30 10:51:54 ET

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Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 80
LAC 88
 
4th
CHA 80
LAC 88
 
4th
CLE 95
ORL 64
 
4th
PHI 88
POR 100
 
3rd
TOR 67
PHO 58
 
2nd
HOU 46
NYK 38
 
1st
DAL 22
IND 23
 
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UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
Final
MD 78
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
Final
JMU 77
COL 71
 
2nd
WINT 61
ETST 61
 
2nd
GSOUT 74
FIU 70
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 72
HAMP 62
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
2nd
WAKE 70
NICST 42
 
2nd
MSU 77
SCU 47
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 51
VILL 71
 
1st OT
OU 70
WCU 74
 
2nd
IND 57
EWASH 52
 
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ILL 31
BRO 35
 
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MSST 29
CLAYST 18
 
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BEL 41
LIP 27
 
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TCU 60
MVSU 20
 
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IOWA 35
PEPP 30
 
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MEM 38
PVU 23
 
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KU 51
RIDE 22
 
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BAY 33
STEPH 22
 
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INCWORD 51
A 34
 
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USF 21
HAW 17
 
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OKST 9
ORST 16
 
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NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 1
MIN 2
 
2nd
DET 2
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 24
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 7