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Tuesday, December 19th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (17-15-1) at Minnesota Wild (16-14-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks take aim at their fourth straight victory when the club starts up a five-game road trip tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

The two teams are wrapping up a home-and-home series which began Saturday in Vancouver, where the Canucks came away with a 2-1 victory on Mattias Ohlund's tiebreaking goal midway through the third period.

Trevor Linden had the other tally for the Canucks, who have matched their longest win streak of the season. Vancouver also won three in a row from November 17-22.

Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin had assists on both goals, and the brothers are each currently riding five-game point-scoring streaks. Daniel has recorded two goals and six assists during his run, while Henrik has compiled one goal and seven helpers.

Roberto Luongo contributed to the triumph by stopping 28 of 29 Minnesota shots.

Pavol Demitra had the lone marker for the Wild, who were dealt their seventh consecutive loss on the road.

Minnesota has been going in the opposite direction as the Canucks. Saturday's defeat was the Wild's third straight setback and the club is just 4-8-2 since November 18.

The Wild will be looking to build on their season-long home success tonight. Minnesota owns a splendid 12-3-1 mark at the XCel Energy Center in 2005-06 and has won three in a row on home ice.

Vancouver is 6-8-1 on the road thus far.

Minnesota had taken the two previous meetings between the Northwest Division rivals this season, both of which took place at the Xcel Energy Center. The home team has won seven of the last eight games in this series.

12/19 10:21:33 ET


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