The Vancouver Canucks return home after an incredible road trip tonight as they look to scuttle the playoff hopes of another NW Division rival, this time the Minnesota Wild. They are also adding another name to the Ring Of Honour, one of the most beloved Canucks of all time: Harold Snepsts. Let's hope that the battle-minded approach that Snepsts brought to the ice rubs off on the Canucks tonight as they take on a Minnesota team hungry to stay in the hunt.
With a single point tonight, the Canucks will hit the 100 point mark the fastest in franchise history, but there's no doubt they will be fired up to keep this win streak going and do their part in taking out the Wild from the post-season picture. This will be the first of 3 games at home before a well deserved 4 days off, and it couldn't come at a better time. The Canucks showed signs of fatigue Saturday against the Flames, not surprising considering that was their 7th game in 12 days and it will help them not only heal up bumps and bruises heading into the post season, but give players like Kevin Bieksa time to get back into the swing of things. There's been no close games in this season series, that currently sits tied at 2 games a piece. The winning team in each case has won by 4 goals in 3 of the 4 games. As far as this being a pushover for the Canucks, when you consider the Wild always play the Canucks hard, haven't scored in over 2 games and are desperate to stay in the playoff hunt, the Canucks will have their hands full with the pesky Wild.
Roberto Luongo is scheduled to start tonight for the Canucks and Niklas Backstrom should get the nod for Minny. Expect to see the same lineup for the Canucks as it looks like Tanner Glass is not quite ready to go still, and the Wild themselves are fairly banged up. Clayton Stoner and Cam Barker are day to day, while Guilliame Latendresse, Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck are all out with injuries.
A nice bagel and MOAR COFFEEEEEEE
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WAACH 'Cast's Band Of The Day- OBITUARY
One of the founding fathers of the US death metal scene, Obituary along with bands like Deicide, Morbid Angel, Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse gave birth to the USDM scene. Originally known as Xecutioner, the band reunited a few years ago and are continuing to pound the planet with their almost doomy, low-tuned metal.