One More Before Break: Canucks-Wild Preview

Canucks (37-21-2)
Wild (29-27-4)

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Time 12:00 PM PST
TV City TV
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
Canucks Category Wild
3rd Conference Position 13th
7-3-0
Last 10 5-4-1
3.15 (3rd)
Goals Per Game 2.68 (15th)
2.40 (4th)
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)
46.9% (3rd)
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

-Cal Clutterbuck, Auntie Miettinen and Owen Nolan have a goal and an assist each.

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.

This should be Cam Barker's debut for Minny, as he was traded to the State of Hockey on Friday for Kim Jonsson and Nick Leddy. Barker is going to get a lot more ice time in Minny.

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!

 

5. Boogaard Takes Out Wade Brookbank in 2005.

6. Cowan (ballsy bugger) fights Boogaard

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