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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Minnesota- Nov 29/16

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They won 2 of 3 on that road trip, but when you come out of it minus your best defenseman for 4-6 weeks it sure feels like a loss. The Canucks and their AHL-level defense are back home to take on the Wild.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes

7:00 PM PT - Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

Even when the news is good for this team, it's bad. That's always been how they roll. If something's looking rosy, just wait a minute, and it will change. It's been tough enough for them to manage without Chris Tanev, and now they're losing Alex Edler for 4-6 weeks. So for at least another week, the Canucks will be without their top 2 Dmen, and sitting just 4 points out of a wild card spot, this couldn't come at a worse time, really.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Wild
9-10-2 SEASON RECORD 11-7-3
20 Points 25
6th Division Position 3rd
Won 1 Streak OT 1
2.14 (29)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.76 (11)
2.95 (25)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
1.95 (1)
12.5 (26) Power Play % 19.0 (13)
85.2 (6) Penalty Kill % 85.2 (7)
51.1 (9) Faceoff Win % 51.6 (6)
7.1 (29)
Shooting % 9.3 (9)
50.6 (13)
Corsi For % 49.8 (16)
97.0 (30)
PDO 102.9 (4)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

The big story for the Wild this year is a familiar refrain: Devan Dubnyk is playing out of his damn mind again. A 1.66 GAA and .946 save percentage is top 3 in the NHL right now, and he leads the league with 4 shutouts. They also have a +16 goal differential. The Canucks are currently sitting at -17 in that department.

They're defensively solid, and like Minnesota teams of the past, look for you to make a mistake and capitalize on it. While not exactly boring like the Minny teams from the Cult of Lemaire days, they're a no-nonsense, meat and potatoes kind of team, like the Canucks want to be, only much better at it.

One new face this year is Eric Staal, who signed with the Wild this past summer. Even though he was a Ranger for a bit it's hard to picture him not in a Carolina jersey. He seems to be adapting to life in Minnesota rather well, with 5 goals and 10 assists in 20 games, putting him on pace for his best offensive season in 3 years.

THE CANUCKS

So with Edler out, tell me something good, please! Philip Larsen is back in the lineup? I said good. The Canucks have recalled Alex Biega? Perhaps you didn't understand me... Well, at least we could see Sven Baertschi return to the lineup  tonight. He's been playing well with Bo Horvat and Alexandre Burrows, and it would be nice to see this line keep producing. Horvat has taken over the team scoring lead and is making a serious case not just for the Canucks to lock him up long term, but that he will be the leader of this team in the post-Sedin era.

Tonight will also see Markus Granlund take on his brother Mikael for the 4th time in their careers, but it's the first with their parents in the stands.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Back to some kickass covers today, taking a look at Swedish Death n Roll kings ENTOMBED. They have a double album of covers called Sons Of Satan Praise The Lord and it's jam packed with some really great song choices, covering bases from Repulsion to Bob Dylan. Here's my favorites for ya!