Canucks At Wild Game Preview: The Wild Boys

CANUCKS

WILD

AT

Time Thu. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2011-12: 4-2 Canucks
Last Meeting
2-0 Wild Mar.19/12
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders Edler: 3-4-7
Parise: 6-4-10

Canucks

Category

Wild

5-2-2
Season Record
4-4-1
12
Points
9
3rd
Conference Position
9th
Won 3
Streak
Lost 2
2-1-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
4-1-0
2.44 (18)
Goals Per Game Average
2.22 (26)
2.22 (7)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.67 (15)
1.44 (6)
5 On 5 GF/GA
0.81 (22)
15.6 (20)
Power Play %
15.2 (21)
76.9 (20)
Penalty Kill %
82.8 (12)
49.1 (20)
Faceoffs %
51.5 (7)
221 (12)
Hits
163 (24)
116 (22)
Blocked Shots
136 (12)
13.2 (12)
PIM's Per Game Average
10.1 (2)
NHL.com

Wow. The Canucks are 2-6-0 in their last 8 games played in Minnesota. Sure, they can beat the Wild at Rogers Arena, but there's something in the water in Minny. Here are the losses at the Xcel Energy Center since January of 2010: 5-2, 6-2, 6-2, 4-0, 5-1, and 2-0. For those counting at home, that's a 28-7 goal differential. INSANE! No wonder why they are starting Cory Schneider in this one. Let the Wild shell him instead of Roberto Luongo! Perfect! Mike Liut is gonna love that!

Seriously though, I hope the Canucks can continue their improving defensive play and Schneider can provide lights-out goaltending. There's a lot of heat on C-Wall to have a super game here.

If we are using the stats above as any indicator, the Canucks and their sad power play are going up against another solid penalty-killing team who like to block shots. 5 on 5 the Canucks have them licked. Minny is killing it in the faceoff dot.

I don't have any keys to the game except to say the Canucks need to stop shitting the bed that badly in Minny.

As for Minnesota, well I hope they lose and the Canucks continue their winning streak. I don't dislike the Wild as a team at all except for Heatley and Clutterbuck. And speaking of Clutterbuck, what are the odds that there are some ugliness in this game? My guess is the odds are high except, once again looking at the stat chart above, the Wild are averaging the second-fewest penalty minutes per game in the NHL so far. What the fuck? Maybe Clutterbuck is aiming for the Lady Byng? On second thought, maybe this game will be a ballet. (Not a chance. No love between these 2 teams).

PROJECTED ROSTERS / LINES


Mike Liut

#36 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

350 lbs

A long, long time ago

From: Parts unknown

Good At: Saying stupid shit to the media.



Sedin - Sedin - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Burrows

Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen

Weise - Malhotra - Volpatti

Garrison - Bieksa

Hamhuis - Edler

Ballard - Tanev

I would like to see the Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen combo get another look, though. Lots of speed. Lots of chances last game after Alain Vigneault shuffled the deck.


Niklas Backstrom

#32 / Goalie / Minnesota Wild

6-1

189

Feb 13, 1978



Parise - Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Bouchard - Cullen - Heatley

Mitchell - Brodziak - Clutterbuck

Granlund - Kenopka - Setoguchi

Suter - Jonas Brodin

Gilbert - Stoner

Scandella - Falk

The Wild recently acquired Michael Rupp from the Rangers in exchange for Darrell Powe, a very smart move I'd say as I am a big fan of Rupp and the leadership he brings. I am not sure if he's ready to join the team yet.

GETTING TO KNOW A WILD PLAYER

Charlie Coyle looks to play on the Wild's top line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. This 20-year-old center from Massachusetts was drafted 28th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2010. In June 2011 he and Devin Setoguchi were traded to the Wild by San Jose in exchange for Brent Burns and 2 high picks. He won a bronze medal with the USA U-18 squad in 2011, scoring 6 points in 6 games in the tournament.

The Wild have only scored 2 goals in their last 2 games (both losses), so coach Mike Yeo has demoted Dany Heatley off the top line and is likely to play Coyle there. So prepare to hear his name a lot on Thursday night. That and a lot of close-ups of Luongo's face.


TRENDS

  • Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games.
  • Canucks are 13-3 in their last 16 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 39-12 in their last 51 vs. Northwest.
  • Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
  • Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
  • Wild are 8-17 in their last 25 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Wild are 10-31 in their last 41 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Twin Terror: 5
andrew21nz: 4
FormerHab: 4
Meat Mayos: 4
raincity: 4
marcness52: 3
Bobby Canuck: 2
ChuckinNux: 2
patrik e (hugs kittens): 2
Sean Zandberg: 2
seedvt: 2
westy99: 2
beardstache: 1
Geordie Nuck: 1
KYCanuck: 1
radepalma: 1
Thursday: 1
Vancouverguy: 1

VIDEO

Jordan Schroeder returns home:

The first thing I think about when someone says the Minnesota Wild is this:

WOOOOOOEEEEE!!!

More Clutterf*ck gold:

The second thing is this:

Not exactly pleasant memories.

The title of this game preview post has been brought to you by Duran Duran:

Yea, I just went there, shut up!

GO CANUCKS GO!

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