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Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Game 24 notes, prediction & tweets!

Here we go again…

It’s yet another chance for the Vancouver Canucks to right the ship heading into March’s crunch, as the beleaguered club has won just three of its last 11. Thankfully, tonight’s matchup features a Northwest division rival that the Canucks have dominated in the recent past. They’ll need another win tonight to keep the Wild from knocking on the door of a division title.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (11 –6–6) v Minnesota Wild (12–9–2)
Venue: Xcel Energy Centre
Time: 5:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

A win by the Wild tonight will pull them even with the Canucks in the division, though there’s a ton of hockey left to be played. The Wild have been playing better of late, winning six of their last nine, as the Canucks have been sputtering along dealing with losses and injuries.

The pitiful Van City 3rd liners are having a brutal January. Zack Kassian has 0 goals since Jan. 30. Max Lapierre has one goal. David Booth has no goals in 8 games since returning from injury.

WAKE UP BOYS!

The two teams will meet again at Rogers Arena in eight days.

What to watch: Minnesota

The Wild are coming off Ryan Suter’s emotional return to Nashville, where they took two points in a shootout. Zach Parise had Minnesota’s only regulation marker, his team-leading ninth goal.

The Wild will be happy to kick off a three game homestand tonight as they’re 8-2-1 at home this year.

Canucks vs. Wild

The Canucks will try to avoid losing four in a row vs the Wild today.

Line-up

  • Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
  • Jason Zucker-Matt Cullen-Devin Setoguchi
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard-Mikael Granlund-Dany Heatley
  • Michael Rupp-Kyle Brodziak-Torrey Mitchell
  • Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin
  • Justin Falk-Tom Gilbert
  • Jared Spurgeon-Clayton Stoner
  • Niklas Backstrom

What to watch: Vancouver

The Canucks will try to avoid losing four in a row for the first time in years, nevermind giving up the division lead.

They’ll have to do it with a banged up line-up that will miss Ryan KeslerKevin Bieksa and Tom Sestito.

As we approach the trade deadline at the end of the month, it’s not hard to imagine the boost the Canucks could use from adding a player or two. It’s definitely the time of the year for armchair GM’ing.

Most of the Canucks’ woes could be solved by overhauling the powerplay that has failed them time and time again this year. Seems like now would be a good time to try Jason Garrison again on the first unit.

It’s not like they have anything to lose.

Well, except hockey games.

Line-up

Injuries

Kevin Bieksa will probably be a scratch we’ve now heard Keith Ballard will play, also out Sestito who caught a rut in practice.

For the Wild, Darcy Kreumper is out with a lower body injury while Josh Harding didn’t dress against Nashville due to complications with his MS medication.

Prediction

We sprang forward today. Spring is here. Keith Ballard will be back in the lineup.

The Canucks right the “deflating” ship. A head scratching 2-1 win. Book it.

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