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Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild

After spectacular victories over the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Pink Wings, the Vancouver Canucks goal for a 3rd consecutive win over their previous Northwest Division foes within the Minnesota Wild.

The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild have gone in fully completely different instructions since NHL realignment for the 2013-14 season broke up the Northwest Division — and primarily the rivalry between these two.
Throughout their rivalry days, the Canucks gained seven the Northwest Division seven occasions between 2004 and 2013. That included Presidents’ Trophies in 2011 and 2012, and naturally a visit to the Stanley Cup Last within the former 12 months.
 
In the meantime, the Wild outlined mediocrity by making the playoffs simply 3 times between 2004 and 2013. They didn’t win a single postseason sequence and have been fairly an afterthought. However realignment has modified all the things.
Vancouver has made the playoffs simply as soon as since 2014, they usually’ve but to win a sequence. The Wild have made the playoffs within the final 4 seasons, together with two postseason sequence victories. Certainly, occasions have modified.
So the Canucks come into Minnesota in search of their third consecutive sport. In the meantime, the Wild are crushed and battered, desperately making an attempt to maneuver to Three-2-2.

Overview

2017-18 Report: Four-Three-1
2016-17 Report vs. Wild: 2-1-Zero
Targets For: 23
Targets In opposition to: 23
Accidents: Troy Stecher (knee, day-to-day), Brendan Gaunce (shoulder, out indefinitely), Alexander Edler (knee, Three-Four weeks), Loui Eriksson (knee, Four-6 weeks)

Who’s on offence

Derek Dorsett: This “overpaid” fourth-liner leads the Canucks in targets (5), and is tied for probably the most factors with six. He has 4 tallies in his final three video games, together with the game-winner over Detroit on Sunday. Little doubt the Canucks will search for extra offence from their most bodily ahead.
Brock Boeser: The State of Hockey will eternally carry nice reminiscences for Boeser. He scored his first NHL aim right here final season. We could point out he’s additionally from Burnsville, Minnesota? It’ll be a contented homecoming.

Who’s on defence

Chris Tanev: With Edler and Stecher out, extra tasks will likely be handed to Vancouver’s No. 1 defenceman. He’s had sturdy puck possession numbers and has performed effectively in his personal finish. Vancouver wants that towards a high-scoring Wild staff.

Who’s in web

Jacob Markstrom: In a back-and-forth battle for the No. 1 job, Markstrom has a leg up over Anders Nilsson proper now. He posted a pair of strong showings final weekend. It’s all the time good to roll with the recent goalie, so search for him to get the nod.

Projected lineup:

Daniel Sedin—Henrik Sedin—Jake Virtanen
 Sven Baertschi—Bo Hovat—Brock Boeser
Sam Gagner—Alex Burmistrov—Thomas Vanek
Derek Dorsett—Brandon Sutter—Markus Granlund

Ben Hutton—Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto—Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot—Alex Biega

Minnesota Wild

Overview

2017-18 Report: 2-2-2
2016-17 Report vs. Canucks: 1-2-Zero
Targets For: 22
Targets In opposition to: 22
Accidents: Zach Parise (undisclosed, day-to-day), Mikael Granlund (groin, day-to-day), Nino Niederreiter (ankle, week-to-week), Charlie Coyle (decrease physique, out a number of weeks),

Who’s on offence

Chris Stewart: The profession journeyman has fronted the Wild offence, with six targets and two assists to this point. The Wild have been decimated with accidents, nevertheless it’s allowed Stewart to just accept a extra distinguished position as a scoring ahead.
Mikko Koivu: At age 35, he’s not fairly the No. 1 centre he was once. However Koivu all the time appears to wreak havoc on the Canucks, in order that they’ll must be on their toes.

Who’s on defence

Ryan Suter: This man by no means stops. Even at age 32, he performs 25-30 minutes an evening — at a Norris Trophy stage. Suter is among the many league’s finest game-changing defenceman, and may harm the Canucks at each finish of the ice.

Who’s in web

Devan Dubnyk: Little doubt he begins after getting the evening off Saturday. Dubnyk has struggled with a Three.80 targets towards common and .888 save proportion. We’ll see if the Canucks can catch him whereas he’s slumping.

Projected lineup:

Jason Zucker—Mikko Koivu—Chris Stewart
Marcus Foligno—Eric Staal—Luke Kunin
Tyler Ennis—Matt Cullen—Landon Ferraro
Zack Mitchell—Joel Eriksson Ek—Daniel Winnik

Ryan Suter—Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin—Matt Dumba
Kyle Quincey—Mike Reilly

Keys to victory

Vancouver Canucks

  • Rating early. The Canucks often battle in Minnesota, and have to take the group out of it. Scoring early within the opening body might be a difference-maker.
  • Take the pictures. Dubnyk is off to a foul begin, so the Canucks have to make him busy early. A pair targets might shake his confidence and assist Vancouver draw back. They should pepper him with pictures, as an alternative of in search of good performsone thing they did a bit of an excessive amount of in Detroit.
  • Fast transitions. The Wild are an excellent quick staff with depth everywhere in the roster. The Canucks want to maneuver the puck out rapidly, and have to get again in the event that they flip it over. Don’t let Minnesota use its pace to burn you.

    Minnesota Wild

  • Give Koivu as many touches as potential. This man simply is aware of how you can make life exhausting on the Canucks. The extra he touches the puck, the extra probably he does one thing good.
  • Play the entice. Vancouver had no drawback speeding the puck via the offensive zone in Detroit. Minny wants to make use of its sturdy defence to forestall Vancouver from skating the puck via the impartial zone.
  • Make Markstrom busy. He’s going to really feel good after consecutive wins. Minny has to make Markstrom uncomfortable early by getting the pictures and probabilities 
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