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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game 55: Canucks @ Minnesota

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After a pretty gross night in Boston, time to shake that off and get back on track as the Canucks close out this road trip in Minnesota. Win it for Duke!

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs MINNESOTA WILD

5:00PM PST XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST PAUL, MN

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.

OPPOSITION BLOG: HOCKEY WILDERNESS

While that game Tuesday night may have been triggering for some Canucks fans, given the opponent, the final score and the way it played out, for myself I just found it more of an example of why it’s hard to go all in on the Canucks right now. This was a game where they played right into their opponents hands, and didn’t put up much of a fight. They’ve been able to power their way through tight-checking opponents all season long, and that game should have been no different. These things will need to stop happening, or the playoffs, if they get there, will be short.

The good thing is that when the Canucks lay an egg like they did the last game, they have been able to bounce back often with a better effort, and with the Canucks playing in Brock Boeser’s home state, with his family in attendance again, this seems very much like a game we’re going to see the Canucks come out firing on all cylinders.

The Canucks were in Minnesota a month ago and skated out of the Xcel Energy Center with a 4-1 victory, led by Bo Horvat, who scored twice, and a 23 save performance from Jacob Markstrom. It’s pretty likely we see Markstrom in goal again tonight, as he will be looking to get back in the win column after a frustrating night in Boston.

That smells like maaaaybe we see Jordie Benn back in tonight for Oscar Fantenberg, as well as maybe a change on the 4th line, though after a particularly rough outing maybe someone on the third line whose name rhymes with Rake sits to send a message to allow either Zack MacEwan or Justin Bailey a shot in the lineup tonight?

The Canucks will also be scoreboard watching, as the Vegas Golden Knights are in Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers. They’ll also keep an eye on Colorado visiting Ottawa, Winnipeg in St Louis, Nashville in Calgary to take on the Flames, Arizona hosting Carolina and the Oilers and Sharks doing battle.

LINEUPS:

This is courtesy of nhl.com, but as mentioned in the tweet above, likely subject to change:

Canucks projected lineup

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatLoui Eriksson

J.T. MillerElias PetterssonBrock Boeser

Antoine RousselAdam GaudetteJake Virtanen

Tim SchallerJay BeagleBrandon Sutter

Alexander EdlerTroy Stecher

Quinn HughesChristopher Tanev

Oscar FantenbergTyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn

Injured: Tyler Motte (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

Wild projected lineup

Zach PariseEric StaalMats Zuccarello

Jason ZuckerLuke KuninKevin Fiala

Marcus FolignoJoel Eriksson EkJordan Greenway

Ryan DonatoMikko KoivuRyan Hartman

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon

Jonas BrodinMatt Dumba

Brad HuntGreg Pateryn

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Victor Rask

Injured: Carson Soucy (illness)

GAME DAY CHATTER:

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:

Absolutely suffocating heaviness. A band that left the scene far too early, and never given the love they deserve.