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MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 25:  Yannick Weber #68 of the Montreal Canadiens body checks Cory Emmerton #48 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA – JANUARY 25: Yannick Weber #68 of the Montreal Canadiens body checks Cory Emmerton #48 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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(AP) — While much has been made about the Detroit Red Wings’ home efforts, they’re starting to show significant improvement on the road.

They figure to get all they can handle in Thursday night’s visit to Vancouver.

Seeking a fourth road win in five games, the Red Wings square off against the Canucks in a matchup between two of the Western Conference’s top teams.

In the midst of a 17-game winning streak on its own ice, Detroit (34-16-1) has picked up the pace as the visiting team. After a lackluster start in opposing arenas, the Red Wings have taken three of four on the road to improve to 14-14-0.

Keeping things going, however, likely won’t be easy. Sitting atop the West, Detroit is three points ahead of second-place Vancouver (31-15-4), which holds a big lead in the Northwest Division.

While the Canucks took the last meeting 4-2 on Dec. 21, they know they’ll surely have their hands full in this one.

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