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Tuesday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (7-1-1) at Minnesota Wild (5-3-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks target their sixth consecutive win this evening when they open a three-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

Vancouver's latest win came on Saturday, as Daniel Sedin scored twice and Brendan Morrison had a goal and two assists in the Canucks' 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche at GM Place.

It was the first game between the teams since Todd Bertuzzi's infamous hit on Steve Moore. Bertuzzi had one assist in Saturday night's game, which featured 15 penalties, none of which were for fighting.

Dan Cloutier stopped 28 shots, Bryan Allen, Ed Jovanovski and Trevor Linden added goals and Henrik Sedin had two assists for the Canucks, who are 7-1-1 on the season.

Markus Naslund also had two assists in the win to extend his points streak to five games. He has two goals and five assists in that span, while Ed Jovanovski, who leads the team with eight assists, has two goals and six helpers during a four-game points streak.

Vancouver, which will also visit Colorado twice on its trek, is 2-1-1 away from home this season.

Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Marian Gaborik scored his first two goals of the season for the Wild, who saw their three-game win streak stopped. Dwayne Roloson, playing in his 250th career game, stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss.

Gaborik, though, suffered a hip injury in the contest and will miss tonight's affair.

The Wild will be attempting their third straight win at home, where they are 4-1-0 on the year.

Minnesota has split its two matchups with the Canucks this season and could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series is 5-1-4 over the last 10 meetings. Vancouver is also just 1-4-1 in its last six in Minnesota.

10/25 10:34:54 ET

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