Wild-Vancouver game preview
- February 11, 2013 - 10:57 PM
Preview: The Wild hasn't won in Vancouver since Jan. 31, 2009. It has gone 0-8-2 since then at Rogers Centre, having been outscored 38-14. The Canucks have won five in a row and have points in six consecutive games. They beat Minnesota 4-1 last week at Xcel Energy Center.
Players to watch: If goalie Josh Harding starts, it will be his first start since being pulled 6:45 into the Jan. 30 come-from-behind victory over Chicago. In his last two starts, he has a 7.47 goals-against average and .774 save percentage. G Roberto Luongo will start for Vancouver. He has blanked the Wild in three consecutive home games (195 minute, 23 second shutout streak). Canucks C Henrik Sedin has 55 points in 69 games against the Wild. He is first all-time with 46 assists and second in points against Minnesota. Brother Daniel Sedin, who has 10 points last season against the Wild, is third all-time with 53 points in 65 games.
Numbers: The Wild is 2-0 this season in the second of back-to-backs. ... The Wild is 2-for-41 on the power play in Vancouver over its 10-game winless streak.
Injuries: Wild D Jared Spurgeon (foot) has missed nine games but might return. Canucks C Ryan Kesler (shoulder, wrist) and RW David Booth (groin) are out. C Manny Malhotra didn't practice Monday but is expected to play.
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