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Gamethread #13: Canucks vs Wild.

The Canucks try to stop their first losing skid of the year against Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Canucks going into tonight’s game on a 2 game losing streak. The team is at .500 after 12 games which is really good is I compare it to my own expectations. I’m not sure if I should feel hope or dread over tonight’s game. The Canucks have won 3 out of the last 4 versus the Wild, but the Canucks looked below average against the Pens without Edler in the lineup.

It pains me to say this, but without Edler, the Canucks really don’t have anything close to a average defensive core. The PP really missed its quarterback and the PK is meh. It has been said for years that the Canucks defense is in desperate need of an overhaul and while the drafting of Hughes and Juolevi show that management sees the issue, they are more than willing to stick with a majority of 2nd/3rd pairing guys.

The Canucks will have their hands full with the Wild. If the Wild played in any other division, they would probably be in 1st or 2nd place. Parise, Suter and Staal are all performing so far and Dubnyk is a brick wall in net. A strong effort will be needed by all lines to stop this fast hard hitting team. Let’s hope Petey can find his touch again.

Go Coconuts Go!