Tonight the Minnesota Wild host (former enemy #1) the Vancouver Canucks at the X. Minnesota looks to continue its dominance at home (8-1-0) as they own the best record on home ice. Minnesota won the season series 2-1 and are lifetime 21-14-5 at Xcel Energy Center against the Canucks. Jordan Schroeder caught whatever flu-bug is plaguing the team so Christoph Bertschy and Kurtis Gabriel will dress tonight. Very similar to the Wild, the Canucks have had six different players make their NHL debut this season. I know the mumps was an epidemic that no one could solve, but man hockey players are gross.
Henrik Sedin owns 62 points (12-50=62) in 77 games vs. Minnesota and ranks first all-time in assists, 1st in games played and second in points against the Wild. Daniel Sedin has 59 points (21-38=59) in 74 matches. He ranks second in assists, third in games played and points against Minnesota.
Devan Dubnyk makes his twelfth consecutive start for Minnesota tonight. Dubnyk is 8-7-3 with a 2.54 GAA, .922 SV% and three shut-outs in 20 games (17 starts) against Vancouver. Ryan Miller in net for Vancouver, who has been putrid against the Wild. Miller owns a 3.47 GAA in his last eight starts against the Wild. Slowing down the Sedins should be fun for Minnesota.