|71||VANCOUVER||-110||Ov 5,-120||-120||Ov 5,-105|
|72||MINNESOTA||-110||Un 5,+100||+100||Un 5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-2-0||0||2-2||0||0-3||2.7||30.2||2.2||27.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||0-4||2.2||26.4||2.0||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||9||24||8||8||5||3||2||260||9.2%||45||7||15.6%||32|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||11||3||4||3||1||0||121||9.1%||23||3||13.0%||18|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||3||4||2||2||1||132||8.3%||23||1||4.3%||15|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||11||2||5||2||2||1||128||8.6%||18||2||11.1%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||5||10||5||2||2||256||8.6%||39||9||23.1%||31|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||3||3||2||1||1||110||8.2%||18||4||22.2%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||3||3||1||1||132||7.6%||25||4||16.0%||14|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||7||1||4||1||1||1||117||6.0%||17||3||17.6%||9|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||6||5||149||140||94.0%||1||3-2||+0.6||3-2-0||+1||0-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||2||2||53||49||92.5%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)||3||3||81||77||95.1%||1||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||100||95.2%||1||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||0-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||4||4||107||96||89.7%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||2||2||57||53||93.0%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)||1||1||36||34||94.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||96||89.7%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-1-0||+2.6||4-1||+2.6||1-4||2.4||29.6||1.8||25.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.8||2-3||-0.8||1-4||2.4||23.2||2.8||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||9||21||6||10||4||1||1||239||8.8%||33||5||15.2%||36|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||12||5||4||2||1||1||148||8.1%||19||2||10.5%||21|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||5||2||1||1||116||10.3%||12||2||16.7%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||4||0||3||1||0||0||35||11.4%||7||2||28.6%||8|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||24||6||8||9||1||0||254||9.4%||29||5||17.2%||43|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||9||4||1||4||0||0||128||7.0%||16||2||12.5%||13|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||4||5||1||0||150||9.3%||14||2||14.3%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||2||1||0||1||0||0||27||7.4%||3||0||0.0%||4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||7||6||199||182||91.5%||0||2-4||-2.6||2-4-0||-3||2-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||4||3||100||93||93.0%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||1||1||27||25||92.6%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||3||112||105||93.7%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||3||3||55||48||87.3%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||2||2||28||26||92.9%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||3||3||55||48||87.3%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.22, MINNESOTA 3.21|
|1/19/2013||ANAHEIM||3-7||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/20/2013||EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/23/2013||CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-0||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|1/30/2013||COLORADO||3-0||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||CHICAGO||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/17/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/19/2013||COLORADO||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||DALLAS||1-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-5||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||CHICAGO||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/11/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/12/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canucks-Wild Preview* ======================
Vancouver (5-2-2) at Minnesota (4-4-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT
(AP) - The Minnesota Wild have not been playing up to the preseason hype or their potential.
In this lockout-shortened season, the time for a turnaround is tight.
Winless in four road games this season, the Wild (4-4-1) return home to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Seven of their next nine games are against Northwest Division teams, and the 48-game season is about 20 percent gone.
So at practice on Wednesday, coach Mike Yeo shuffled his forward groups again.
Dany Heatley was taken off the first line to skate with center Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Rookie Charlie Coyle replaced Heatley, joining center Mikko Koivu and star Zach Parise.
"I wouldn't say it was unexpected," said Heatley, who has no points in his past four games after tallying four goals and two assists in the first five. "I'm playing with two real creative guys, so hopefully we can get something going."
Devin Setoguchi and Mikael Granlund rotated spots on the third line with center Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck. New acquisition Mike Rupp was on the fourth line with Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka.
Rupp, who came in a trade with the New York Rangers, will make his Wild debut against the Canucks.
"I'm just a complementary guy. There are a lot of good things going here," Rupp said. "This team is headed in the right direction. I'm excited to be a part of it and contribute in any way. Obviously, my game is to play physical. I'm going to try to come in here and help this team win hockey games any way I can."
By calling up Coyle, trading Darroll Powe for Rupp and demoting Setoguchi and Granlund from the second line, the Wild have shown they're not willing to simply wait for one of the deepest groups of forwards the franchise has had to produce.
From owner Craig Leipold to general manager Chuck Fletcher to Yeo and his staff, there's a demand of success that's hanging heavier over this team than before.
"Normally we've played nine games and you have more time to sort things out, but you don't have as much time," Yeo said. "So certainly it magnifies things. We just have to make sure that we're doing whatever we can to find the best mix to put the best product on the ice."
The Wild have scored only 21 goals in nine games - including one in each of their last two, losses at Anaheim and Phoenix.
The Canucks, meanwhile, arrive in St. Paul riding a three-game winning streak. They've allowed just three goals during that stretch, entirely with Roberto Luongo in net.
Cory Schneider, the starter to begin the season with Luongo the subject of trade talks, will return to the crease Thursday. Schneider has a 3.13 goals-against average in four starts compared to Luongo's 1.53 GAA in six appearances.
"I'm really excited," Schneider said. "Lu's done his job, and now it's my turn to jump in and try to keep that going. You never want to be the guy that halts the momentum."
Vancouver (5-2-2) kept it going in overtime Monday in Edmonton, beating the Oilers 3-2. Kevin Bieksa tied the score late in regulation, then Luongo stopped Taylor Hall's penalty shot in the extra period before Chris Tanev scored his first NHL goal with 20 seconds left in OT.
The Canucks should face another challenge in Minnesota, where they've yielded five goals or more four times while losing six of their last eight visits.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 1:53:14 AM EST|