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Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks: Game 17

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Vancouver Canucks (11-6-2) @ Minnesota Wild (11-4-1)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: KSTC (12/45)
Radio: WCCO 830. Listen live at wccoradio.com

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Canucks Nation

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Vancouver Canucks

Nolan - Koivu - Bouchard
Brunette - Belanger - Burns
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Miettinen
Veilleux - Pouliot - Boogaard

Reitz - Schultz
Bergeron - Skoula
Johnsson - Zidlicky

Harding
Backstrom

Sedin - Sedin - Demitra
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Pyatt - Wellwood - Ouellet
Hordichuk - Johnson - Raymond

Ohlund - Mitchell
Salo - Edler
Davison - Baumgartner

Sanford
Luongo

NOTES:

  • Marian Gaborik and Kurtis Foster are the only injuries the Wild are suffering right now.
  • Minnesota is 8-0-0 when Mikko Koivu has a point.
  • The Canucks have not lost since facing the Wild over a week ago.
  • Word circulating this morning was that Roberto Luongo will get the night off for backup Curtis Sanford.
  • Sanford, 3-2 with a 2.63 goals against average in seven all-time appearances against Minnesota, has started just one game this season.
  • Nolan Schaefer will head back to Houston

Questions to Answer

  1. With Luongo getting a night off, can the Wild get to Sanford early and often?
    Does Mikko find his touch again?
    Does the Wild defense continue to pick up the slack for a lackluster offense?
  2. Will Backstrom be the backbone of the team again?
  3. Does Alex Burrows try to throw down with Pierre-Marc Bouchard again?

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Cal Clutterbuck Pregame Interview