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Game Preview: Wild At Canucks: Freak Out!

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The Wild have won 6 of their last 7 games against the Canucks. They are a real pain in the ass and the Canucks just can't get their heads screwed on right when they play Minny.

This is a huge game for both teams. Check this out:

Western Conference Standings

Woooaaaaaa FREAK OUT! The Flames play the Bruins tonight. Los Angeles plays Tampa Bay. Crunch time!

Minnesota is 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. FREAK OUT!

Time 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2-0 Wild
Last Meeting
5-3 Wild, Feb.10/15
The Enemy Hockey Wilderness Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 13-33-46
Parise: 23-19-42

Canucks
CATEGORY
Wild
31-21-3 SEASON RECORD 28-20-7
65 Points 63
7th Conference Position 9th
Lost 1
Streak Won 2
5-5-0 Last 10 Games
8-0-2
20
Goals For Last 5 Games
15
14
Goals Against Last 5 Games
9
0.97 (22) 5 on 5
0.99 (20)
17.6 (18) Power Play %
15.9 (26)
85.3 (5) Penalty Kill %
85.7 (4)
47.8 (26) Faceoff Winning %
49.9 (14)
1003 (28)
Hits
900 (29)

TRENDS

  • Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
  • Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Wild are 7-2 in their last 9 Monday games.
  • Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game....hell, that's positive!
  • Canucks are 8-20 in their last 28 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 2-8 in their last 10 Monday games.
  • Canucks are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference.
  • Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.

Nothing good for the Canucks there. Thanks, Covers.com! Freak OUT!

PROJECTED LINES

MINNY

Parise-Koivu-Pominville

Vanek-Granlund-Schroeder

Niederreiter-Coyle-Fontaine

Veilleux-Haula (if ya hear me!)-Brodziak

Suter-Brodin

Scandella-Spurgeon

Prosser-Dumba

Dubnyk. Because: Dubnyk.

CANUCKS

Sedins-Burrows

Higgins-Vey-Vrbata

Dorsett-Matthias-Kassian

Kenins-Horvat-Hansen

Hamhuis-Sbisa

Stanton-Clendening

????? ?????

Lack ( I presume)

I believe Alex Edler has a shoulder injury. FREAK OUT!

Hopefully Chris Tanev is ready to go after bumping his head on a goal post (?) FREAK OUT!

Does Willie D sit Ronalds Kenins so he can get a look at newest Canuck Brandon McMillan? I would say "no" to that.

All these things will be answered by the time I wake up tomorrow afternoon (it is now 4 AM, I work night shift).

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Why yes, I have updated it. Don't say I never do anything for you.

VIDEO

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That's terrible shit right there.

Know what's good? Keith Ballard skated with the Wild on Sunday. His career could be over after sustaining a concussion and multiple facial fractures from this event. Yikes, man. That's scarey shit. I'm a big Ballard fan, so let's end this preview with some Ballard hipcheck heaven:

COCONUTS!!