Saturday, November 8, 2008

Canucks & Wild Game Day

After winning four of their last five games, the Vancouver Canucks will look to make it three straight victories on home ice tonight as they entertain the Minnesota Wild.

Vancouver (8-6-0) is coming off back-to-back shut-out wins at GM Place. Captain Roberto Luongo has gone a combined 141:08 without allowing a goal against. He leads the league in shut-outs (4) and has 15 as a Canuck. Only Kirk McLean has more clean sheets in a Vancouver uniform (20).

Minnesota (8-3-1) comes to the west coast after a 3-1 win on the road against the Colorado Avalanche last Thursday. The Wild currently lead the league in goals against (26) and penalty killing (3 goals against in 48 short handed situations=93.8%).

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams heading into the game:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Raymond
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Burrows - Kesler - Ouellet
Hordichuk - Johnson - Brown

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Salo
Edler - O'Brien



Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Craig Weller - Eric Belanger - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Stephane Veilleux - James Sheppard - Cal Clutterbuck
Derek Boogaard - Benoit Pouliot - Colton Gillies/Krystofer Kolanos

Marc-Andre Bergeron - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Kim Johnsson
Martin Skoula - Erik Reitz/Tomas Mojzis

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

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