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A Wild Time of Year
Right as the Canucks are at their hottest, the schedule is at it’s thinnest.
The team is in a stretch where they play just five games in 12 days, hardly the compressed schedule the lockout created.
At the same time, the Canucks have won five straight and look poised to wrap up the Northwest by mid-March.
Let’s hope all this time off doesn’t kill their momentum.
Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (7 – 2 – 2) v Minnesota Wild (6 – 5– 1)
Venue: Roger’s Arena
Time: 7:00 pm
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040
For all the talk of the increased talent in the Northwest Division, it’s sure played out in the usual way over the first month of the season.
Vancouver is on top and the other four teams are out of the playoffs right now.
For the Wild, last night’s shootout victory over the Flames was their first road win of the year, proving that division is really taking baby steps to catch the Canucks.
What to Watch: Minnesota
Unfortunately for Minnesota, Roberto Luongo is starting tonight. In his last eight home starts versus the Wild, he’s won them all while shutting them out in his last three starts.
It’s a big reason why the Canucks have won 10 straight against Minnesota at home.
Roberto Luongo is starting tonight
So the challenge for the Wild is go into a building and do something they haven’t done since 2009 against a team that is very hot right now.
Have fun with that.
Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
Dany Heatley-Mikael Granlund-Devin Setoguchi
Matt Cullen-Kyle Brodziak-Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Rupp-Zenon Konokpa-Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin
Tom Gilbert-Clayton Stoner
Nate Prosser-Justin Falk
What to Watch: Vancouver
Everybody will be watching Henrik Sedin tonight as the captain is just one point behind Markus Naslund for all-time franchise leader in points. Vancouver has yet to lose to a division rival in regulation, going 5-0-1 in six matchups.
It’ll be a pretty big moment.
Speaking of big moments, the oft told tales of Ryan Kesler and David Booth returning to the line-up are closer to reality every day, which is going to create a roster squeeze.
Jordan Schroeder probably won’t get sent down which means a guy like Andrew Ebbett might want to start looking at rental properties in Chicago.
Cam Barker, meanwhile, is technically still on the Canucks’ roster. That could easily change.
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond-Jordan Schroeder-Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins-Maxim Lapierre-Zack Kassian
Dale Weise-Manny Malhotra-Aaron Volpatti
Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Jason Garrison-Alex Edler
Keith Ballard-Chris Tanev
For the Canucks, just the ambiguously American duo.
For the Wild, Jared Spurgeon is out with a lower body injury that”s kept out for eight games. He took the morning skate yesterday, so he’s close to returning.
Hank gets his records with a couple of assists and the Canucks roll through the Wild 4-1.
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