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Saturday, November 8th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (6-6-2-0) at Vancouver Canucks (9-3-2-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to re-group tonight when they welcome the Minnesota Wild to GM Place in the opener of a home-and-home.

Two nights ago the Canucks had their nine-game unbeaten run ended via a 3-2 loss to the host St. Louis Blues. Jason King and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Vancouver, which had won five straight games and was 7-0-2 in its previous nine. The Canucks, who scored first for the 13th time in 14 games this season, lost for the first time since October 16 at Detroit.

Keith Tkachuk's power-play goal midway through the second period proved to be the difference for the Blues, and Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier made 28 saves in defeat.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, whose brother Henrik was cross-checked in the face by St. Louis' Doug Weight, posted an assist on the opening goal of the game and has recorded a tally and four helpers during a five-game points streak.

The Canucks, 6-0-1 at GM Place, will visit the Wild on Tuesday to finish the home-and-home.

Minnesota, meanwhile, carries a five-game unbeaten streak into tonight's action (4-0-1). On Friday, Dwayne Roloson stopped 34 shots for his first shutout of the season and Pascal Dupuis tallied a goal and an assist. Marc Chouinard and Richard Park also scored goals in the triumph.

Winger Marian Gaborik continued to get re-acquainted with the NHL after re- signing with the Wild last week. The star Slovakian played in his second game, but has yet to record a point.

The Wild, 3-3-1 away from home, play the last of a three-game swing tonight.

Minnesota, which tied the Canucks 2-2 on October 18 in St. Paul, is unbeaten (2-0-2) against Vancouver in the regular season after losing the previous four meetings. The Wild are 1-0-1 in their last two non-playoff trips to GM Place.

11/08 10:40:53 ET

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