Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko  makes a save on Detroit Red Wings forward Michael Rasmussen  as defenceman Tyler Myers (57) battles for the rebound in the second period at Rogers Arena March 17.

Such is the takeaway from the Vancouver Canucks’ 1-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at Rogers Arena.

It reduced the Canucks’ playoffs hope back towards “slim.” After their strong run of play in recent weeks, their chances had grown to roughly one in four, based on HockeyViz.com’s projections.

It was a loss that really didn’t seem all that likely on form.

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Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

7 p.m., Rogers Arena. TV: CBC, Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.

The Red Wings have been woeful defensively of late, giving up more than 4.5 goals against per game over their previous 20 games.

And the Canucks’ offence has also been red-hot in that time, scoring about that many goals per game themselves of late.

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