Game 13: Canucks At Wild Preview: Our Eyes Open, Free From The Thought Of Doubt

CANUCKS
WILD

AT

Time Thurs. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac
Season Series 1 - 0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks (Oct.22/11)
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 5-9-14 Setoguchi: 4-3-7
Canucks
Category Wild
6-5-1 Season Record 5-3-3
7th
Conference Position 6th
Won 2
Streak Won 2
3-3-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
3-2-1
5-5-0
Last 10 4-3-3
+2
Goals For / Against +/- -1
3.00 (6)
Goals Per Game 1.91 (30)
2.75 (20)
Goals Against Per Game 2.09 (4)
1.00 (13)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.00 (14)
22.4 (6)
Power Play %
12.5 (26)
86.8 (8)
Penalty Kill %
79.0 (22)
100 (1)
Winning % When Scoring First 40.0 (26)
100
Winning % When Leading After 1 40
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 40
53.9 (3)
Faceoffs % 49.2 (18)
13.3 (22)
PIM's Per Game Average
9.2 (3) 
NHL.com

Over the past 2 games many of the Canucks' team stats (above) have soared from mid-lower part of the NHL pack to top half. They are scoring first and often. They are getting it done on special teams. After the Flames game they finally went into the plus category in goals for/against. So, basically they have been playing the way we expect them to over the past couple games. And it's exciting to watch!

The Wild are having trouble scoring goals, as you can see in the table above. In fact, they have not scored more than 2 goals in a game since October 10, their 3rd game of the season. They are 4-2-2 since despite scoring so few. That's because (obviously) they allow so few against (4th best in the NHL). They have just beat Detroit 2 straight games (1-0 and 2-1). Devin Setoguchi scored the winner in OT last game. Nice to see he has his touch back in Minny, as he leads the team in scoring.

STARTING GOALTENDERS


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cory Schneider 5 274 2 2 9 1.97 124 115 .927 0



Josh Harding

#37 / Goalie / Minnesota Wild

6-1

197

Jun 18, 1984



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Josh Harding 3 185 2 0 4 1.30 114 110 .965 1


Harding was phenomenal in the Wild's last 2 games vs Detroit. In fact, he has beaten Detroit 3 times this season already he is 2-0-1 against those fiends already this season. He's a beast, and a player I just can't help but root for. He's had a rough ride over the past season and a bit. Not tonight though. I hope he gets lit up like an Xmas tree! I don't care if he's only let in 1 goal over the last 121 minutes! Make the red light burn his back!

Expect the same lineup for the Canucks that wasted Calgary, even though you never know when God, I mean Aaron Rome will be inserted into the lineup. But with Sulzer playing so well, this is not an easy decision to make. Cam Charron addressed the Rome-Sulzer conundrum at Canucks Army on Wednesday.

As for the Wild's projected lines:

Setoguchi-Koivu-Heatley

Bouchard-Cullen-Latendresse

Johnson-Brodziak-Clutterbuck

Gillies-Powe-Staubitz

Schultz-Zidlicky

Scandella-Spurgeon (sounds like a diseased pairing)

Prosser-Faulk

MISC

-Josh Harding is 0-3-0 lifetime vs the Canucks.

-Cory Schneider: 4-1-0 lifetime vs the Wild.

-Ryan Kesler: 18-6-24 in 42 career games vs the Wild.

-Hank: 7-42-49 in 62 career games against Minny.

-Dank: 16-28-44 in 59 career games vs the Wild.

VIDEO

Minny's OT win over Detroit last game came with controversy. Not to me it didn't!

The last Canucks-Wild meeting = HAPPY ENDING!:

The title of this post is from Parkway Drive: "Horizons". Thanks to AK_Nuck for the list of songs to check out. I needed some education on some modern metal bands since I am so stuck in the past!

BOOTH: Isn't it about time?

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COCONUTS!

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