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Wild-Vancouver game preview

  • March 25, 2014 - 11:43 PM

6:30 p.m. vs. Vancouver • FSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild, which has beaten the Canucks in two shootouts this season, is 3-3-4 in its past 10 games after Sunday’s 4-3 overtime victory at Detroit. The Wild is 7-1-3 in its past 11 at home, but 1-1-3 in the past five. This is the final home game before a four-game road trip to St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Canucks have won three of four and two in a row for the first time since Jan. 18-21.

Players to watch: LW Matt Moulson, who scored in overtime Sunday, has four goals and four assists in 10 games with the Wild. RW Charlie Coyle has goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career. RW Jason Pominville has points in eight of his past nine games. C Mikko Koivu has 29 points in 45 career games against Vancouver. Canucks D Daniel Sedin has 36 assists and 55 points in 70 games against the Wild. He ranks second in assists and third in points all-time against Minnesota. C Ryan Kesler has 21 goals in 49 games against the Wild.

Numbers: The Wild’s penalty kill, which has free-fallen to 27th in the NHL (79.7 percent), has been scored on eight times in 24 chances over the past 10 games. … The Wild is 3-8 in the front end of back-to-backs.

Injuries: Wild D Keith Ballard (groin), D Clayton Stoner (knee) and F Jason Zucker (quadriceps) are out. Canucks F Henrik Sedin (lower body), D Chris Tanev (hand), D Andrew Alberts (concussion) and F Mike Santorelli (shoulder) are out. LW Alex Burrows (thumb) is on the trip.

MICHAEL RUSSO

 

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