NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 6th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (9-13-4-0) at Vancouver Canucks (14-7-3-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild complete a three-game road trip this
evening as they enter GM Place to face the Vancouver Canucks in a rematch of
last year's Western Conference semifinals.
The Wild won that series in seven games in the 2003 playoffs before falling in
the conference finals to Anaheim.
This season, Minnesota is in last place in the Northwest Division and trails
the first-place Canucks by 11 points.
The Wild are coming off Friday's 2-1 loss to division foe Calgary. Jarome
Iginla scored the game-winner with just 23 seconds remaining in the third
period to lift the Flames to victory at the Saddledome.
Pascal Dupuis scored the lone Minnesota goal just 1:54 into the game. Manny
Fernandez turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced for the Wild, who have just
one win in their last seven games (1-5-1).
The Canucks started their five-game homestand with a loss on Thursday night,
as they dropped a 4-1 decision to Calgary.
Trevor Linden posted the lone goal for the Canucks while Dan Cloutier made 19
stops for Vancouver, which suffered its third loss in six tries (2-3-1).
Vancouver star forward Markus Naslund left after the second period because of
a groin injury and did not return. Naslund, who has 11 goals and 32 points
this season, is expected to miss tonight's game with the injury.
These teams are meeting for the fourth of six matchups this season. The season
series is even at 1-1-1.
Minnesota is 3-1-2 in its last six meetings with Vancouver, but is winless in
its last two trips (0-1-1) to British Columbia.
The home team is unbeaten in the last five matchups (3-0-2).
12/06 10:44:02 ET