The Vancouver Canucks will be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa and quite possibly winger David Booth when they close out a four-game road trip this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings. Bieksa suffered a groin injury in Friday night's game in Nashville. Coach Alain Vigneault described his status this morning as "day to day." Booth was feeling under the weather and did not participate in this morning's game-day skate at Joe Louis Arena. Andrew Alberts will take Bieksa's spot on defence. If Booth can't go, Aaron Volpatti will draw back into the lineup. The Canucks are attempting to turn what has been a good road trip into an excellent one with a win tonight. The Canucks have earned five of a possible six points in the first three games of the trip. "We want those two points to end this road trip right," said centre Ryan Kesler, a Detroit-area native. "Obviously, we didn't start the way we wanted to in Chicago, but I think we're starting to play the way we can." There hasn't been much joy in Hockeytown of late and the Canucks would like to keep it that way. The injury-riddled Red Wings did beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Saturday night, but had lost their previous three games at Joe Louis Arena and are a rather ordinary 8-7-3 this season. But goalie Roberto Luongo, who gets the start today after his shutout in Nashville on Friday night, said the Wings remain dangerous with the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
Bieksa out versus Wings and Booth is doubtful
Vancouver Sun | Feb 24