Canucks Gameday: What Vancouver needs to do to win at Wild

Easy Victory Looming?

The Canucks are in Minnesota today to take on the mild Wild. Tonight’s game is the second of a two game road trip. Riding a wave of momentum, Vancouver will be looking to extend their winning streak with a win over the Wild.

The Canucks are back at home on Saturday for four games.

Here, then, are my Canucks gameday tips for how to put up a W in the win column tonight

Mini Road Trips

For the second time in this not even one month old season, the Canucks find themselves on the road for less than four games. These short road trips seem kind of strange, but maybe that’s because we’re still getting used to having hockey back, and we’re all kind of waiting for the NHL to say “just kidding!” and pull the rug out from under us.

Canucks vs. Wild

Will the Canucks be able to get passed the Wild on Thursday night?

I know that’s not going to happen, but I guess it’s the condensed schedule at work, too.

Either way, the Canucks are finishing up their second road trip of the season tonight against the Minnesota Wild, the Canucks will look to go a perfect 2-0 against a Wild team that has struggled as of late, dropping their last two games in a row.

Cory Schneider gets his first start in four games tonight as he tries to win the net back from Roberto Luongo. Canucks centre, Jordan Schroeder will be playing his first NHL game in his home State tonight. Schroeder is from Prior Lake, Minnesota.

What the Canucks need to do to win:

Shut down secondary scoring.

The Wild have a ton of firepower, a lot of which is on the top line. But with Dany “the all-star” Heatley expected to be dropped to the second line tonight, the Canucks will have to focus on shutting down the top two lines. If the Canucks can contain the line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koiuvu and whoever else coach Mike Yeo slots in with them, the second line of Heatley, P.M Bouchard and Matt Cullen will be heavily relied upon to produce tonight.

Don’t underestimate them.

Just because a team hasn’t been hot as of late and their potent offense isn’t all that potent, doesn’t mean tonight is a walk in the park. If the Canucks aren’t able to shut down the top line, then they may have their hands full. The defense will have to be sharp tonight in order to keep the Wild’s top scorers off the board. No underestimating them tonight.

The power play…AGAIN.

I’m not one to beat a dead horse (or maybe I am, I don’t know) but the Canucks MUST get the power play going tonight. Nothing gets a win like capitalizing on your man advantage; it also quiets down the building, getting the crowd out of it. Look for the power play to get things going tonight. That is a must and will likely be a key to winning until it is firing on all cylinders, or some other tired hockey cliche.

Get the special teams up and running early and quiet the building down. I guess we’ll have to beat that dead horse until it comes back to life. Much like the power play.

There you go, folks, my keys to victory tonight for the Canucks against the Minnesota Wild. Shut down the top two lines, play smart, simple and effective D, Don’t underestimate a team on a mini-slump and for the love of Jeff, get that power play going!

Enjoy the game!


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