Canucks-Red Wings Preview
With or without their co-leading scorer, they're headed to Detroit on Monday night hoping to close the book on a three-game losing streak and earn a split in the two-game season series.
Sedin has missed six games with an upper-body injury and practiced Sunday, but he didn't commit to anything further.
"Today was his first full practice with contact and that step was a big step for him," assistant coach Mike Sullivan told the team's official website on his last day filling in for Tortorella. "He seemed to do very well through the process; we'll wait and see, we know he's making progress so we'll see what happens soon."
Daniel Sedin seems to be missing his brother greatly. He doesn't have a point in five games and hasn't scored a goal in his last 15.
After Saturday's 4-3 loss at Winnipeg, the Canucks (27-20-9) have allowed 17 goals in four games. They fell behind 2-0 and tied the game twice before losing in the final three minutes.
"It was frustrating because we fought our way back into the game," Sullivan said. "I thought we had all the momentum in the third period (but) we shot ourselves in the foot."
Eddie Lack gave Roberto Luongo the night off in goal. Dating to the start of last season, the Canucks' No. 1 goaltender is 0-3-0 against Detroit with a 5.04 goals-against average and .815 save percentage.
Luongo's counterpart, Jimmy Howard, is 3-0-1 against Vancouver in the same time frame with a 1.72 GAA. Howard had an off game Sunday for the Red Wings (24-19-12), who lost 6-5 in overtime at Washington.
"It was an old-fashioned pond hockey game out there," said Howard, who allowed six goals on 28 shots. "Every once in a while those games happen. The only thing we've got to take out of this is we found a way to get a point, and a lot of guys played well."
Luongo and Howard have both allowed at least three goals in three straight starts.
The loss to the Capitals featured a three-goal, one-assist day for Detroit center Gustav Nyquist, giving him eight goals in his last seven games after scoring five in his first 23 this season.
"He's always been great," teammate Henrik Zetterberg told the team's official website. "He always creates a lot of stuff. (Now) he's putting up the points, too. It's always fun to see him score. He does a lot of good things and he's got the right mindset."
Zetterberg had three assists in his second game back from injury, but the Red Wings remain without Pavel Datsyuk, who has missed 13 with a lower-body injury. Datsyuk still plans to play for Russia in the Olympics, though, so it seems his return to the Red Wings' lineup shouldn't be far off.
The Red Wings beat the Canucks 2-1 at Vancouver on Oct. 30.