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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET23:00 BRT, October 15, 2019
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia  Attendance: 18,183

Canucks will turn to backup goalie vs. Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks

  1. Detroit has gone 10-3-2 against Vancouver since 2012-13 -- the franchise has only been better against Nashville in that span (13-3-1), despite the Red Wings being held to 2.93 goals per game in that span.
  2. Vancouver lost its first two games, both on the road, by a combined 6-2, but has since won its last two games at home, outscoring opponents 10-4. The Canucks had 67 shots on goals in the two losses (33.5 per game), and have had 49 shots on goal in their two wins (24.5 per game).
  3. Detroit has won both its road games this season, scoring nine goals over those two, while losing two of its three games on home ice and scoring just seven goals combined. Detroit and its opponents have gone 3-for-9 combined on the power play away from Detroit, but 1-for-19 combined in Detroit.
  4. J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with five points (1g, 4a) this season after tying for sixth on his team in points last season for the Lightning. His 65.4 faceoff win percentage ranks sixth in the NHL (min. 10 faceoffs).
  5. Jacob de la Rose had a goal and an assist last time out, his first multi-point game in a Red Wings uniform and just the fifth of his career. He's finished four games of his Red Wings career with a +2 rating -- he did so twice last season, and he's done so in each of his last two games.
  6. Since being traded to the Canucks on February 25 last season, Tanner Pearson leads the team with 11 goals, with no other Canucks skater having any more than seven goals. He has seven takeaways compared to just one giveaway over his last three games.

The Vancouver Canucks will be without starting goaltender Jacob Markstrom when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Markstrom, who is 2-2-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage, is attending to a family matter. He made 30 saves Saturday in a 3-2 shootout victory against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

"Jacob has been granted a leave of absence to attend to a family matter and is expected to re-join the Canucks on the road this weekend," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a news release Monday morning. "We will not have any further comment."

Backup goalie Thatcher Demko is expected to make his first start of the season against the Red Wings, and Zane McIntyre was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League to fill Markstrom's roster spot.

Last season, Demko appeared in nine NHL games and went 4-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA. He sustained a concussion in a preseason practice in 2018 and missed the first two months of the 2018-19 season. When he returned, he sprained a knee ligament in warmups before a Feb. 5 game in Philadelphia.

"Everybody is going to face that kind of stuff, and that was the first time I've really been hurt, and it takes a lot of maturity to stay confident," Demko told the Vancouver Sun. "But it definitely helped me grow a lot. You can't let injuries hinder you and some things happened to me and I can't let that take me off my path. It's a marathon and not a sprint.

"I'm excited for the year and feel confident with the way the year ended in just kind of getting my game up to this level."

The Canucks will be wrapping up a three-game homestand. They defeated the Los Angeles Kings 8-2 on Wednesday in their home opener before beating the Flyers.

"Grit and grind ... it was a lot of battles out there, and I'm happy we got a win," Vancouver forward Elias Pettersson said after the Saturday game.

The Red Wings, who are beginning a three-game Western Canada trip, are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Detroit's fourth line scored both goals, with Jacob de la Rose and Darren Helm tallying and Justin Abdelkader getting two assists.

"I think everybody is buying into who we are and what we need to do to be successful as a line," said de la Rose, who also assisted on Helm's goal. "We're not the most skilled guys on the team, but if we play the right way, we're going to get chances."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill praised his fourth line.

"They've had three games in a row where they've been big, strong, heavy, created scoring chances," Blashill said. "I think they've been a real good line for us the last little bit, and I think they can continue to be.

"Now you got a line with (Dylan) Larkin that's really clicking, you got a line with de la Rose, Helm and 'Abby' that's clicking. We need to keep finding chemistry on the other lines."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 14, 2019

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