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Wild At Canucks Game Preview: Cruise Mode Or Kick Ass? Plus: Canucks News Updates

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Time Thurs. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac, FS-N
Season Series 3-2 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-2 Canucks (Mar.14/2011)
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 41-59-100 Havlat: 22-40-62

First things first: Canucks news. And there is a lot of it.

  • Manny Malhotra is feeling optimistic that there will be a good outcome with his eye after the healing and recovery takes place. He issued a statement today which can be found here.
  • The Canucks have sent Chris Tanev down to Manitoba, and Yann Sauve may soon follow. Was Tanev a treat or what? Well done, kid! Sauve deserves props too. Not only is Alexander Edler very close to returning, but so is Dan Hamhuis according to locals.
  • Raffi Torres is going to have a chat on the phone with NHL powers that be Thursday morning regarding his hit on Jordan Eberle. 
  • According to Hockey-Expressen, the Russian League wants Sergei Shirokov. A: No doubt they want him. B: Shirokov has committed to North America and making the NHL so I don't think Shark is ready to do that. Or is he? He becomes a restricted free agent this summer. If Mother Russia waves some green in his face maybe he'll change his mind, especially if he doesn't make the NHL next season / get re-signed here or by another NHL team.
  • Captain Hank calls the 2 losses to the Spoilers a "wake-up call". No shit. Actually, bullshit. Do you ever get tired of player interviews? Someone keep the mic away from Captain Obvious. Vigneault was bagging on the guys at practice before the second loss. Some core players addressed the danger of playing that way after clinching the President's Trophy before the first loss even. It's just lip service a lot of the time and annoys me. So bear with me. Like I've said before, I want the team, with it's changed lines, to gel before the playoffs hit. That's why I don't think these last 2 losses are completely meaningless. Now even though I feel that way, if you have not seen camcharron's post on Cup-winning teams' records heading into the playoffs since the lockout then you need to check it out.
  • According to Matt Sekeres on Twitter Cory Schneider is scheduled to start against the Flames on Saturday. Also, it was Roberto Luongo and goalie coach Rollie Melanson who came to Vigneault, lobbying for Ginger Jesus to make 2 more appearances in order to get his name on the Jennings Trophy.
  • Oh right, so there is a game on Thursday night. With the Canucks getting healthier and healthier (fingers crossed) the Wild have a huge IR/Injury list. Out or even questionable for the game against the Canucks are: Martin Havlat, John Madden, Jose Theodore, Marek Zidlicky and Cal Clutterbuck
  • The Wild, like the Canucks, have lost their last 2 games. However they have lost 10 of their last 12.
  • Honestly, I think the Canucks are going to put more effort into their final 2 games. I think Minny is in trouble at The Rog.
  • Some mind-numbing stats at Covers.com. Check it out.
  • VIDEO:

The Last Meeting:

From The Same Game: Clutterbutt Fail:

Scrum at the end of Game 2 Wild vs Canucks back in the day:

GO CANUCKS GO!