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CANUCKS
WILD

AT

Time Sun. 3:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Van
Season Series 1-1
Last Meeting
5-1 Canucks (Oct. 22/10)
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-31-58 Koivu: 11-27-38
Canucks
Category Wild
29-9-6 Season Record 21-18-5
1st
Conference Position 11th
Won 1
Streak Lost 3
14-6-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
10-11-2
8-1-1
Last 10 5-4-1
+44
Goals For / Against +/- -18
3.34 (3)
Goals Per Game 2.48 (26)
2.32 (3)
Goals Against Per Game 2.80 (16)
1.33 (3)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.80 (27)
24.4 (2)
Power Play %
20.2 (8)
85.0 (5)
Penalty Kill %
82.2 (12)
31.8 (11)
Shots Per Game 26.0 (30)
30.4 (16)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.5 (22) 
85.7 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 73.9 (11)
95.2 (1)
Winning % When Leading After 1 72.2 (19) 
88.0 (18)
Winning % When Leading After 2 93.3 (7) 
55.8 (1)
Faceoffs % 51.4 (9)
11.5 (10)
PIM's Per Game 10.5 (6) 
NHL.com

-The Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 road games. They are 11-1 against the Northwest Division. The only NW team they lost to? The Wild back in mid-October.

-After winning four straight games to start January, the Wild have lost their last 3 games. They only scored 2 goals total in those losses. They are 2-3-0 in their last 5 home games.

LINKS

-Niklas Backstrom, who has missed the last 4 games because of a hip injury, returned to practice Saturday. It is not known if he will start against the Canucks. (Russo's Rants) If not, then Anton Khudobin may make his 2nd consecutive start as Jose Theodore remains sidelined with a hip injury as well.

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You see, this is the cliche roller coaster ride right now. The team clicks uphill for a game, maybe two, sometimes even four. Click, click, click, click. Then, right when they are at the top, the bottom falls out, the cart goes over the edge and everyone plummets to the bottom. The guy in the middle barfs, the kids in the front car cry, and everyone else wonders what the hell just happened.

(Hockey Wilderness)

- 10 Interesting Roberto Luongo controversies (The White Towel).

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 13 707 8 1 26 2.21 367 341 .929 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Anton Khudobin 2 69 0 1 4 3.48 22 18 .818 0



WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 7.

-Kevin Bieksa: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games.

COLD

-Henrik Sedin: 0 points in his last 2! GASP!

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 8 games.

-Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 5.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 assist in his last 10.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 9.

 

WILD

HOT

-Mikko Koivu: 2 goals and 6 assists in his last 7 games.

COLD

-Matt Cullen: 2 assists in his last 11 games.

-Pierre-Marc Bouchard: 1 assist in his last 5.

-Andrew Brunette: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 6.

-Brent Burns: 0 points in his last 6.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-Aaron Rome: MCL

WILD

-Guillaume Latendresse: groin

-Marek Zidlicky: shoulder, returns in February.

-Niklas Backstrom: groin, day-to-day

-Jose Theodore: groin, day-to-day

-Josh Harding and James Sheppard: knee injuries, out for season

 

VIDEO

The last meeting:

The Wild beat the Canucks a few days earlier and it got ugly:

Check out this shootout from March 2007. Exciting stuff:

Isn't that insane how late AV decided to use a Sedin? WTF?

Anyway, GO CANUCKS!