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Minnesota looks to continue its winning ways in Vancouver

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Tonight the Wild try to continue their winning ways and domination of the Vancouver Canucks. Minnesota is 8-0-1 since the break and have already beaten Vancouver twice during that stretch. The Wild have also won six of the last seven meetings since March of 2013. If the Wild can get at least a point tonight, that will be a new franchise record of 11 straight games with a point. A Wild win and a Flames loss tonight would put Minnesota in the final wildcard spot.

Mike Yeo thought of inserting Stu Bickel in tonights game to give Minnesota a more physical presence. The Wild lost Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter to injuries the last time these two teams met. Instead he elceted to keep same lineup and not make any changes. Matt Dumba has struggled a bit lately but hey, the Wild are 22-8-1 with Dumba in the lineup and he has a nice thing going with Nate Prosser who has been great lately. Prosser is a big part of the penalty kill that has been perfect since the break. Yep. The Wild have not allowed a power-play goal (25-for-25) since the all-star break. The Wild have also scored four power-play goals in its last seven games. Since Dec. 5, the Wild is tied for 5th in the NHL with 22 PPG.

Minnesota presence in the 1st period has been phenomal during its stretch of wins. The Wild have scored the game’s first goal in eight of its last nine contests. Minnesota is 23-5-3 when scoring first this season, including 10 straight wins when scoring the opening goal. Since Jan. 15, they lead the NHL with 17 first-period goals. Angry/extremely Motivated Mikko Koivu has been on fire lately with 13 points (2-11=13) in his last 13 games. Mikko had his 113 multi-point game on Saturday and is now one shy of tying Marian Gaborik’s franchise record. Its a 9:00 start (my favorite start) in Vancouver tonight so stay awake and hang out with us in the gamethread. Go Wild!