While the Minnesota Wild got the best of the Vancouver Canucks last weekend, a repeat performance could be difficult at Rogers Arena.
Sitting in a tie atop the Northwest Division, Minnesota tries to avoid a 12th consecutive loss at Vancouver as these teams conclude their season series Monday night.
The Wild (15-10-2) had been outscored 6-2 during a pair of regulation losses to the Canucks (13-8-6) before last Sunday's 4-2 home win. Zach Parise scored twice and added an assist while Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves to snap a personal 0-6-1 skid versus Vancouver.
"Our guys were ready for this one, for sure," coach Mike Yeo said afterward. "We feel like we're a team that's on the up and going in the right direction, and we were looking forward to this chance."
Minnesota can't be feeling good about its chances of evening the series given its recent efforts in Vancouver. Since earning a 4-3 overtime win there Jan. 31, 2009, the Wild have been outscored 40-15 during an 0-9-2 skid. Rober...