Posted January 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
While the overall performance of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks hasn't left much to be desired, coach Alain Vigneault voiced displeasure with his team's recent efforts on the power play. Those scuffles, though, pale in comparison to the Minnesota Wild's struggles of late. Hoping to avoid a 10th defeat in 11 games overall, the Wild look to snap a nine-game losing streak in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Minnesota (21-13-6) sat in first place in the division as recently as Dec. 26 but has since fallen three points behind Vancouver (24-13-3) thanks to an ugly offensive display. The Wild have posted just 16 goals during a 1-6-3 stretch, and 48 hours after ending a season-worst eight-game slide with a 4-3 win over Edmonton, saw their struggles continue Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Phoenix. "Emotional or not, we have to come to the rink and be ready to go and play a certain way," coach Mike Yeo said. "We don't have a choice. We're not...

David Booth almost ready to return

Lost in the Canucks recent strong play is the fact a major weapon in David Booth is still out. Booth anxious to return Quote: "It's really frustrating and I wish it didn't happen," said Booth. "I thought I was playing better and now it's a process of getting back there. This was my third day on the ice and I've only been skating...

Setoguchi, Wellman back in the lineup

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Minnesota Wild have seen their share of ups and downs this season along with a substantial amount of injuries but as they get ready pass the halfway point game No. 41 -- of the season they are right where they want to be.Coach Mike Yeo summed it up beautifully after morning skate on Wednesday."I think if you would have asked us back in October if we would...

Bruins Determined Not to Get Caught Looking Past Upcoming Games to Saturday's Showdown With Canucks

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For Bruins fans, Saturday can't get here soon enough. That is when the Vancouver Canucks arrive for a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Final. It's a date that's been circled on calendars since the schedule was released last summer in the midst of the Bruins' days with the Cup. But while fans are eagerly awaiting the renewal of hostilities...

Vancouver Canucks vs. Sharks Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Patrick Marleau and Benn Ferriero scored for the Sharks. Michal Handzus scored in the third round of the shootout. Cody Hodgson collected a goal and an assist for the Seahawks.

San Jose vs. Vancouver – January 2nd | NHL Highlights

Did you miss the San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks game tonight? We’ve got the highlights for you. A good game played by both, but in the end the Sharks grabbed themselves a 3-2 shootout victory. Michal Handzus scored in the third round of the shootout . Anti Niemi out battled Roberto Luongo. Cody Hodgson collected a goal and an assist, Jannik Hansen also scored.

Sharks 3, Canucks 2, SO

Michael Handzus scored the only goal in a shootout and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night. Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson scored for the Canucks in regulation. Benn Ferriero and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead midway through the game. In the shootout, Handzus faked twice and then beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on the stick side. ...

Wild vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Jan. 4

Free NHL Betting Odds & Picks on the Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night matchup. The Canucks are -222 home favorites. The over/under is set at 5.5. Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson come into this game feeling pretty good about themselves, Kevin Bieksa extended his points streak to seven games with an assist last game out.

Canucks 3, Wild 0

Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in his 700th NHL game and led the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. Luongo earned his second shutout of the season - both against the Wild - and the 57th in his NHL career as the Canucks (25-13-3) moved to the top of the league standings with 53 points. Luongo, who made 33 saves on Dec. 19 in a 4-0 win over...

Madden signs one-year deal with Panthers

Veteran forward John Madden has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.The 38-year-old is one of the best defensive forwards in hockey, having won the Selke Trophy in 2001 with the New Jersey Devils.Madden, who won three Stanley Cup championships, is joining his fourth NHL team."John is a veteran player who brings to our team a wealth of playing experience,...

Canucks' Luongo blanks Wild in his 700th NHL game

Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in his 700th NHL game and led the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

Handzus fakes out Canucks as Sharks win in SO

Michael Handzus scored the only goal in a shootout and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night.

San Jose Sharks (19-11-4) at Vancouver Canucks (24-13-2), 8 p.m. (ET)

In what has been a very competitive series over the past year, the Vancouver Canucks have been able to get the edge on the San Jose Sharks.
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