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Wednesday, November 2nd (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (6-5-2) at Vancouver Canucks (8-2-2), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild resume their current road trip tonight when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

The Wild began the four-game trek on Tuesday, falling, 3-0, in Calgary. Minny has dropped four of its last five games (1-3-1). Jarome Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 23 shots he faced to lead the Flames.

Manny Fernandez made 21 saves for the Wild, who fell to 1-3-2 on the road this season. The Wild were shut out for the first time in the early going of the campaign.

The Wild will continue their trip on Saturday in San Jose before finishing up the next night in Anaheim.

Vancouver, meanwhile, has lost two straight games (0-1-1) on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The Canucks were swept by Colorado in a two-game set played in Denver. On Saturday they dropped a 4-3 overtime tilt at the Pepsi Center, as Ian Laperriere scored 1:55 into OT to lift the Avalanche.

Brendan Morrison, Matt Cooke and Henrik Sedin scored the goals for Vancouver, while Dan Cloutier made 5-of-6 saves before leaving the game with a concussion in the first period. Alexander Auld replaced him, making 23 saves on 26 shots, and will be in net tonight.

Also, Cooke suffered a fractured jaw during practice Tuesday and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

The Canucks, who are 5-0 at home this season, will host Columbus on Friday.

Vancouver is 2-1 against Minnesota this season, with all three games taking place in St. Paul. The home team is 5-2-4 in the last 11 meetings.

11/02 10:27:38 ET

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