NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 2nd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (7-5-1) at Minnesota Wild (9-2-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to add another win to their
perfect home record when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center
The Wild are 7-0-0 in St. Paul this year and have a 10-game home winning
streak dating back to last year's regular season.
Minnesota won at home last Friday against Washington, but was handed a setback
Sunday at Colorado. Milan Hejduk's two goals and John-Michael Liles' three
assists led the Avalanche over the Wild, 4-1 at the Pepsi Center.
Pavol Demitra scored the only goal of the game for the Northwest Division-
leading Wild, who hold a three-point edge over Vancouver for the top spot.
Manny Fernandez took the loss despite stopping 32 shots for Minnesota, which
also had a three-game win streak come to an end. The Wild have yet to lose
back-to-back games this season.
Meanwhile, the Canucks had a two-game win streak halted with Tuesday's loss to
the visiting Nashville Predators. Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist to
lead Nashville to the 3-2 victory at GM Place.
Mattias Ohlund and Markus Naslund each scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 21
shots for the Canucks.
Tonight's game is the second matchup of the season between the Wild and
Canucks. Minnesota also hosted the series opener back on October 10 and earned
a 2-1 shootout victory.
11/02 10:24:26 ET