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Vancouver: 8-8-1
Minnesota: 10-6-2

When I think of the Canucks and Wild game tonight, 2 words come to mind: Brian Rolston. Rolston the Canuck killer. The slapshot winning goal in the shootout still stands out in my mind from last year. Rolston had 5 goals and 4 assists in 8 games against the Canucks last season, and the Wild won 5 of the 8 games. Well actually the Nucks' record was 3-3-2 against the Wild because of the 2 OT games.
The other Canucks killer, Pavol Demitra is on the Wilds' injury reserve because of a groin issue. But Marian Gaborik is good to go.
The Canucks have been playing quite well as a complete unit ever since Bieksa and Salo went out with injuries. They are getting superb performances from The Luongod, who has answered the bell after getting boo'ed by the home fans against Nashville.
Their last game against Edmonton was a well-played 1-0 shootout loss.
The Wild had no problems against the Coilers last night, beating them 4-2.
-The Wild and Nucks have 3 wins and 2 losses in their last 5 games.

Streaking Wild Players (last 3 games):

-Eric Belanger: 1 goal 4 assists
-Mark Parrish: 1 goal 3 assists

Streaking Canucks (last 3 games):

-Hank Sedin: 2 goals 1 assist
-Dank Sedin: 2 assists

The Wild are always a handful, with their blazing speed and transition game, tight defence, and usually great goaltending. That Minnesota machine has not been as stellar recently. The Canucks are on their game lately.
So my call is a 3-2 win in OT.

-Cowan was a healthy scratch last game. He is healed now. Will he make an appearance tonight?

-Sometimes I miss Jan Bulis. Does that make me a bad person? Bulis and Hansen were magic on the PK together, and Hansen needs a boost of some sort right now.

Uh, Jeff Cowan is in tonight and Jannik Hansen is out. There you go.

-Lukas Krajicek and Sami Salo are practicing, but Luke is about 2 weeks away and Salo is a month plus away from returning. Salo will wear a visor when he returns apparently.

Game Time: 7:00
TV: Sportsnet Pacific

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