The Vancouver Canucks remain one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, and will try and build on a two-game winning streak when they visit the Detroit Red Wings today. Roberto Luongo will get a second straight start in net, and will try to record a second straight win. The Canucks have only lost in regulation once in February as the play of Luongo and Cory Schneider as well as a healthy and high-powered offense continues to impress.
Luongo blanked the Nashville Predators on Friday to record his second shutout of the season. He leads the league with a 1.45 goals against average and trails only Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators in save percentage (Luongo .941, Anderson .951). The Canucks continue to make things work while splitting starts between Schneider and Luongo, as their current situation continues to work out better than anyone would have thought in the offseason. The urgency to trade Luongo is all but gone now, and the Canucks are actually better off now for keeping him.
It has been three games since the Canucks allowed a goal on the penalty kill, and they have only allowed two in their past seven games. Vancouver allows the fifth-fewest goals per game in the league, and will need their defense in top form today against a Red Wings team that is coming off a big win against the Predators last night. Luongo has 11 wins in 27 career appearances against Detroit and will have to shut down Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner today for the Canucks to get a win and keep the point streak going.