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03-03-2009, 12:52 PM
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Forgotten with the hype of deadline day coming up tomorrow, there is a HUGE game to be played tonight! The canucks will be looking for a bit of revenge tonight as they try and get a win against the Wild, who beat the canucks during their last match-up on January 31st 4-3 in overtime, which ended Vancouver's miserable stretch of 8 games without a win. The canucks had won 3 straight against the Wild before that OT loss to end a forgettable January.

Since then the two teams have been going in different directions. The canucks are looking for their 11th win in their last 13 games and 6 straight at GM place, while the Wild have now lost 3 in a row to start their 6-game road trip. At the end of January, the Wild were one of several teams ahead of the canucks in the playoff race, but since then the canucks have been able to create some breathing room, now sitting 7 pts up on the 10th place Wild.

Good news for the canucks is that Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard will be out again, serving his 2nd game of a 5-game suspension he received recently for his antics against Brandon Prust of Calgary. This should mean a night off for Darcy Hordichuk, as the Wild just aren't as wild without their thug-enforcer with his pinky sized brain, but without any other options, Hordichuk will be in the lineup tonight unless Vigneault surprises us all and goes with 7 dmen.

And speaking of Pinky and the Brain - they continue to lead the canucks in scoring, and have been fairly consistent offensively over the canucks current winning stretch. Alex Burrows, so far at least, has looked like the best linemate the Sedins have had since Carter and has given the canucks a scoring threat for other teams to be weary of, which has opened up some room for both Daniel and Henrik.

Current Lineups:


Vancouver Canucks


Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Raymond

Mitchell - Salo
Ohlund - Edler
O'Brien - Bieksa

Luongo

*no word on Vaananen getting into the lineup yet?

Minnesota Wild:


Brunette - Koivu - Nolan
Bouchard - Belanger - Miettinen
Veilluex - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Pouliot - Gilles - Fritsche

Johnsson - Burns
Schultz - Zidlicky
Skoula - Bergeron

Backstrom

** No confirmation on Wild lines - just going by icetime and previous games watched.

Injury Status:

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/injuries

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Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
03/01/09 Lawrence Nycholat D Groin IR. Out until at least early March
02/23/09 Jannik Hansen RW Finger IR. Out until at least mid-March
01/14/09 Rick Rypien C Personal IR. Out indefinitely
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Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
03/01/09 Owen Nolan RW Toe Questionable for March 3 at Vancouver
02/28/09 Derek Boogaard LW Suspension Five-game suspension. Eligible to return March 10 vs. San Jose
02/15/09 Marian Gaborik RW Hip IR. Out until at least mid-March
Key Players:

Vancouver

Mats Sundin - if it's not getting into game shape, it's the flu. Will the real Mats Sundin please show up!

Roberto Luongo - he has been getting better lately, but when is the last time anyone remembers him stealing a game for us? It's time now for him to do just that, against a big division rival.

Shane O'Brien - he must be looking over his shoulder recently with the Vaananen acquisition. Will it push him to take his game to the next level, or will he push himself out of the starting 6?

Minnesota

Mikko Koivu - quickly emerging as the newest canuck killer out there. He's had outstanding games against Vancouver and will be the key player for them to shutdown, especially with Gaborik still out.

Niklas Backstrom - just signed a new $6mill/yr contract today. Look for him to try and prove his worth quickly to an organization that felt he should be paid among the top 4 goalies in the game.

Brent Burns - Has really been establishing himself as a top-flight defender this season - that is when the team doesn't decide to waste his talent in the bottom-6. Could be key on the PP for the Wild again tonight.

Stats:

Vancouver:


Last 5 games: 4-1, with their only loss coming at the end of a road trip in Montreal, where they out-shot their opponent but lost to a hot goalie.

PP: 16th in the NHL at 18.8%.
PK: 21st in the NHL at 79.4%
G/G: 12th in the NHL at 2.95
GA/G: 11th in the NHL at 2.73

Minnesota:

Last 5 games: 2-2-1. They have lost their last 2 games through their Alberta trip, being outscored 7-3 against Calgary and Edmonton.

PP: 10th in the NHL at 20.6%
PK: 1st in the NHL at 87.8%
G/G: 26th in the NHL at 2.48
GA/G: 2nd in the NHL at 2.33

Keys to the Game

Vancouver


Score! The Wild are one of the league's best defensive teams, 2nd in goals against per game, and have the league's best PK. Tonight should be a good test for this team's new found offensive depth.

Minnesota

Score! The Wild are also one the league's worst offensive teams and have had trouble scoring all season. With Gaborik still a ways away, they will need their big guns - Koivu, Brunette and Bouchard - to step up offensively if they are to win this game.

Game Reviews and Media releases:


http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2008020951

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NHL.com: Wild-Canucks Preview
http://www.twincities.com/wild/ci_11...nclick_check=1

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Minnesota Wild's Owen Nolan, Andrew Brunette plan to play against Vancouver Canucks
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/h...282/story.html

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Canucks hit the ice for the ultimate Wild West shootout


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Just get it done, guys. I don't care if it's ugly, we NEED the win. Put as much distance as possible between us and other teams in the division. I think Demitra will have a big game tonight, he always seems to amp it up against his former teams.

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Minnesota should be pumped up that they re-signed their franchise goaltender. The Canucks haven't had a lot of trouble with Minnesota this season because most of the Canuck killers aren't in the lineup. (Branko Radivojević, Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra, Brian Rolston, Andrew Brunette)

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Vancouver Trades: Ass Kicking

Minnesota Trades: Pride

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Hopefully Backstrom catches a case of Roman Turekitis.

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Hopefully Backstrom catches a case of Roman Turekitis.

Roman Chechmanekitis. Let's go for broke on this curse.



I don't remember if Chechmanek signed a large contract before his career died, I just really wanted to bring up his name.

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Going to the game

Anyone know the line up? I'm wondering when Vaananen will get his first game.

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I'm thinking a Nuck loss , 3-1

Brunette, Koivu, Schultz

Bernier

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Hopefully Backstrom catches a case of Roman Turekitis.
Touche

I wonder if the Canucks will show up with a disciplined (yet possibly boring) 60 minutes like they did against Columbus or if somehow this game will be opend up.


We can't let the effort and focus drop for even one game!

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Clearly Backstrom will become complacent after signing his new contract, giving the Canucks an easy 8-7 win.

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I think it'll be a hard fought battle with us coming out on top. I'm guessing a 5-2 Win for the good guys

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I hope Kurtis Foster gets his shot to get back in the line-up tonight for the Wild. It's been a long difficult recovery for him.

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You're right NFiTO, no Vaananen tonight as per Kristin Reid on CDC.

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3-2 Canucks

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I've always thought there should be a 3 day reprieve from games sandwiched around the trade deadline.

hopefully none of the boys are too distracted and we whip some Wild behind.

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Should be a good ga...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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I hope Gillis trades whoever scores our first goal tonight. just a little way to spice up the deadline!

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3-2 (OT) for the 'Nucks

should be an exciting game to watch

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Koivu and Bouchard seem to get loose on us for great chances.
keep their top line in check and we'll cruise(grind) to a win...

Jan 31st 3-4 OTL, Bouchard 3pts, Koivu a goal
Dec 5th 2-1 W, Koivu goal
Nov 8th 2-0 W

Stay off the PK.
jan 31st loss - 5 PP against, 2 goals. 2 wins combined - 5 PP against, 0 goals.

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Haha, nice.

2-0 Canucks.

Ohlund with the GWG.

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