By Dave Hart

Red Wings 3, Canucks 1 – The Red Wings picked up a home victory over the struggling Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period with goals from Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith.

The Canucks responded, after a goalless second period, with a Daniel Sedin goal 3:14 into the third period to cut Vancouver’s deficit to a 2-1 margin.

The Red Wings increased their lead to 3-1 on a goal by Steve Ott with less than five minutes left in regulation.

Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard picked up the win in net, stopping 36 of 37 shots.Eye on the D

Red Wings’ captain Henrik Zetterberg chipped in with two assists on the night.

Detroit, which is now 8-6-1 on the season, will travel to face first-place Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Record: 8-6-1   17 points

Tied for 2nd Place in Atlantic Division (8 points behind Montreal)

Tied for 4th Place in Eastern Conference (8 points behind Montreal)

2 points ahead of New Jersey for the final playoff spot

Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 138 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 145 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 145 pts

Next Game: 11/12/2016 @ Montreal Canadiens 7:00 p.m. @ Bell Centre

Stats: Goals- Dylan Larkin (5), Brendan Smith (2), Steve Ott (1).   Assists- Henrik Zetterberg 2 (8), Gustav Nyquist (7), Niklas Kronwall (1), Jonathan Ericsson (4), Alexey Marchenko (4). Goalie- Jimmy Howard W (4-2-0) 36 saves on 37 shots.