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Canucks @ Wild Game Preview: Twisting, Turning Through The Never

 CANUCKS
WILD

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Time Tues, 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet 1
Season Series (09/10) 4-2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting 4-3 Canucks (Apr.04/10)
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders   Sedins: 7 points Cullen: 2-4-6
Canucks
Category Wild
2-2-1 Season Record 1-2-1
8th Conference Position 14th
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Last 10 NA
2.40 (20)
Goals Per Game 2.50 (19)
2.20 (6)
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.50 (11)
0.88 (18)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.33 (29)
27.8 (4)
Power Play %
38.1 (1)
88.0 (9) Penalty Kill %
85.7 (14)
30.4 (16)
Shots Per Game 29.5 (21)
31.6 (18)
Least Shots Against Per Game 29.8 (14)
.667 (20)
Winning % When Scoring First .333 (28)
.667 (14)
Winning % When Leading After 1 .50 (19)
0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
.50
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
0
Winning % When Trailing After2 0
57.6 (2)
Faceoffs % 58.7 (1)
16.8 (25)
Least PIM's Per Game 14.5 (16)
-1 (21)
+ / - GF/GA (see here)
-5 (26)

-Update: (10:51): Dan Hamhuis took a shot off his foot last game and is sore. X-Rays came back negative thank gad. He is unlikely to play tonight. Ryan Parent is scheduled to take his spot.

Update (9:38): Kristin Reid just tweeted that the Canucks' lines for tonight are: Daniel-Henrik-Raymond/ Tamby-Kesler-Hansen/ Torres-Malhotra-Samuelsson/ Glass-Ryp-Desbiens. See who's missing?

-Update: Roberto Luongo is 3-8-2 at the Xcel Energy Centre with a career 3.26 goals-against average and .844 save percentage at the St. Paul rink. In no other rink has Luongo lost more games or given up more goals per game. - That from Gordon McIntyre at the Province. Change your predictions accordingly. We're doomed.

-Mason Raymond will start on the Sedin Line once again.

-Roberto Luongo will play against the Wild, and coach AV will not squawk about when Corey Schneider plays next. In that same article he talks about Keith Ballard's concussion (he won't accompany the team on the road trip), Rick Rypien (may play on this trip), and huge praise for Manny Malhotra's dominance in the faceoff circle against the Canes.

-Injured Wild: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion...still..Christ), James Sheppard (broken kneecap...eiiiieee), Josh Harding (fubar'd MCL and ACL).

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So here's the story: the Wild are the team in the way before the Canucks get to play the Blackhawks on Wednesday. Hopefully the team doesn't feel that way. Hopefully they can focus on the Wild and not take them likely. Minnesota were blessed with a "bag skate" on Sunday after their 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets Saturday. Monday, coach Richards lightened up the mood. A real concern for the Wild is that sickness is spreading through their locker room. Matt Cullen, Martin Havlat and Nick Shultz have missed practice time because of illness. Brent Burns has a broken foot but is expected to play.

What really surprised me about the Wild's stats above was their power play efficiency, tops in the NHL so far. So if the Canucks

take their multitude of minors they could pay for it. At the same time, Vancouver's PK has vastly improved and they are better than Minny 5 on 5, and will need that consistent killer instinct at even strength that we saw against the Hurricanes.

 

Speaking of that killer instinct: it involved the Canucks' defencemen pinching in..a LOT. This is a style of play that I am watching closely, mostly because I don't like it. Do you call it entertaining? Well I guarantee that style won't be a successful recipe for this team.

I don't care if people think Minnesota sucks because I do not agree. Watch their speed. It may just expose the Canucks' pinching, aggressive as hell style. Call me old school, but I like structure. I don't quite see that with the Canucks yet.

Video killed the radio star:

Did you see this Brent Burns goal last week?

And thank god we don't have to put up with this moronic ape anymore: