NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 17th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (1-5-0) at Vancouver Canucks (2-4-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling Northwest Division rivals will clash
tonight in British Columbia, as the Vancouver Canucks host the Minnesota Wild
at General Motors Place.
The Canucks are 2-4-0 on the year and had won back-to-back games before getting
dealt a road loss Friday in Calgary. That defeat dropped the Canucks' road
record to 0-3-0 on the young season.
Vancouver fell behind 5-0 in Friday's setback against the Flames and wound up
losing the divisional contest by a 5-3 score. Brian McGrattan and Dustin Boyd
each had a goal and an assist to lead Calgary at the Saddledome.
Christian Ehrhoff, Mikael Samuelsson, and Rick Rypien each scored a goal for
the Canucks. Roberto Luongo turned aside 14-of-19 shots in defeat and was
pulled for the second time this season, as Andrew Raycroft came in late to make
The Canucks, who will play their next two games on the road, are 2-1-0 as the
host this year.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is last in the Western Conference with just two points on
the season and comes into tonight in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
The Wild were also in action on Friday and were handed a lopsided loss in
Edmonton. Dustin Penner and Gilbert Brule scored two goals each, as the Oilers
blasted the road-weary Wild, 5-2, at Rexall Place.
Friday's test marked the fourth stop on a five-game road trip that ends
tonight. The Wild are 0-5-0 as the visiting team this season.
Benoit Pouliot and Andrew Brunette had the goals for the Wild on Friday. Josh
Harding was beaten five times on just 19 shots while Marek Zidlicky finished
with a pair of assists in defeat.
Minnesota played without forwards Martin Havlat and Petr Sykora on Friday, as
both players are suffering from groin injuries. Havlat and Sykora are both
considered to be day-to-day and are questionable for tonight's game.
The Canucks dominated Minnesota last year, winning five of the six meetings
between the clubs in 2008-09. The Wild have lost two of their last three games
in Vancouver, but they still have four wins in their last six trips to GM
10/17 11:06:50 ET