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Red Wings to face vs. Luongo-less Canucks

Detroit (14-2-3) at Vancouver (13-6-2) 10:00 p.m. EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings

are no strangers to strong starts, and this season is no


The defending Stanley Cup Champions will look to maintain a

perfect November on Monday when they visit the Vancouver

Canucks, who expect to be without goaltender Roberto Luongo.

The Canucks captain injured his groin in a 3-1 win over the

Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Luongo went down attempting to

make a save on a shot that was blocked in front. He was helped

of the rink by the training staff, putting no weight on his left


His status will be updated Monday, but Luongo is not expected to

play against the Red Wings.

The loss will be a huge blow against Detroit, which has yet to

lose in regulation this month, with just a 7-6 overtime setback

vs. Pittsburgh on November 11 the lone time in eight games it

has failed to net the full two points.

The offense is averaging four goals per game over the last five

wins, and Jiri Hudler has four goals in the past three contests.

Newcomer Marian Hossa has been a great addition to the top line,

leading the club with 24 points.

Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk each tallied a goal and an assist and

Hossa added an empty-net goal in a 5-2 win over the Calgary

Flames on Saturday.

Vancouver has not suffered a regulation loss since falling to

the Red Wings, 3-2 on November 2. Hudler had a pair of assists

in the contest and Luongo made 20 saves.

The Canucks have gone 7-0-2 since that setback.



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