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GAME 13 PREVIEW: Canucks vs Minnesota

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After getting torn down by some Russian collusion on the weekend, the Canucks look to stop the bleeding taking on the Wild.

It’s a new week, a chance to start anew, and there’s no one more in need of a fresh start than the Canucks, who learned it’s probably not a good idea to leave Evgeni Malkin unchecked on Saturday night. The Canucks D is not good, and even worse without Alexander Edler and Christopher Tanev as we saw on the weekend.

Let’s take a look first at where the Canucks are in terms of injuries and who’s able to play. shall we?

Obviously the good news that the Canucks got Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser back from their respective injuries was welcome news (not that it changed anything on Saturday), as apart from Bo Horvat, no one was really doing anything in their absence.

So we have Sven Baertschi, Jay Beagle, Edler and Tanev out. Anyone else? Oh, right. Add Anders Nilsson to that list.

It’ll likely be Jacob Markstrom straight through til Nilsson is ready to go again, unless Marky gets bombed in there. Adam Gaudette is back in tonight after being a healthy scratch Saturday. TSN1040 is reporting he’ll be on a line with Horvat and Tim Schaller. No, for reals. Here’s what we can expect to see in terms of forward lines tonight.

Here’s your officials for tonight so you know who to blame in case you’re still having trouble coming to terms this is a lottery team...

And your starting goalies...

The Wild have been on a tear of late, winners of 5 straight. This is the start of a 7 game road swing for Minnesota, who have played just 3 of their first 10 on the road.

The Wild will also have Jordan Greenway back in the lineup tonight.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this one, and it’s definitely been worth the wait, as Vancouver’s Gross Misconduct have returned with their first new album in 7 years, entitled ‘Equinox’. They’ll be at The Astoria on Friday night, and hitting the island for shows in Victoria and Nanaimo on the 9th and 10th. Go to https://www.grossmisconduct.ca/ or https://grossmisconduct.bandcamp.com/ and show these guys some support.