|Time||12:00 PM PST
|Season Series||3 - 1 Canucks
||Last Meeting||5-2 Wild (1-13-10)|
|The Enemy||Hockey Wilderness||Scoring Leaders||H. Sedin: 25-55-80 Koivu: 16-38-54|
||Goals Per Game||2.68 (15th)|
||Goals Against Per Game||2.87 (21st)|
|1.34 (3rd)||5 On 5 GF/GA||.94 (19th)|
|21.3% (4th)||Power Play||17.6% (19th)|
|81.9% (15th)||Penalty Kill||81.9% (16th)|
|30.5 (12th)||Shots Per Game||28.9 (25th)|
|28.9 (7th)||Least Shots Against Per Game||28.5 (6th)|
|78.6% (4th)||Winning % When Scoring First||70.8% (13th)|
|85.7% (5th)||Winning % When Leading After 1||76.5% (13th)|
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||33.3% (13th)|
|96% (4th)||Winning % When Leading After 2||93.3% (7th)|
|31.8% (2nd)||Winning % When Trailing After2||20.7% (7th)|
|51.2% (9th)||Faceoffs %||53.1% (2nd)|
|15.4 (25th)||Least PIM's Per Game||11.1 (6th)|
|+34 (4th)||+ / - GF/GA||-13 (23rd)|
This will be the 8th straight road game for Vancouver where they are keeping their heads above water with a 4-3 record. The trip has been marred by inconsistency, but I can't help but be pleased, especially after Friday's come from behind win over the surging Blue Jackets. After the Olympic break, the Canucks will have 6 more consecutive road games, so they are more than halfway done.
More after the jump:
I am confused as to why Pavol Demitra did not play on Friday night and is more or less a game time decision for this one. The Canucks are not saying why this is. Is Demo injured? Are they riding the current squad because they are winning? I doubt it. Demitra's presence is required in the lineup. **Update: He will play against the Wild. AV wanted him to get a practice in before playing him.
This will be only the 3rd game in 7 days for the Wild. They lost their last 2 games, both at home, to Phoenix and Atlanta, both by scores of 3-2. This will be the Canucks' 4th game in 7 days. Is fatigue going to settle in? It hasn't yet.
In Minnesota's last 5 games, where they are 2-3:
-Mikko Koivu has 5 assists
-Martin Havlat has 3 goals and 2 assists
-Guillaume Latendresse has 3 goals and 1 assist.
-Andrew Brunette has 2 goals and 1 assist
The Wild are going to play the Canucks hard. They are 6 points out of a playoff spot as of right now (7:33 PM) and still have life.
OK, now for a few vids to get you into the groove:
1. Wild beat Canucks 5-2 on January 13:
2. Canucks beat Wild on December 12:
3. Canucks-Wild Shootout March 2007 (Demo playing for Minny)
4. Fight Night March 2008!