|17||VANCOUVER||-130||Ov 5,-105||-130||Ov 5,-110|
|18||MINNESOTA||+110||Un 5,-115||+110||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-6-0||-2.4||5-6||-2.4||4-5||2.6||28.0||2.8||27.6|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-5.1||1-4||-5.1||3-1||2.4||31.8||3.0||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||64||20||25||16||3||3||660||9.7%||89||14||15.7%||100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11||29||11||8||9||1||0||308||9.4%||44||6||13.6%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||2||7||3||0||1||159||7.5%||12||0||0.0%||21|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||8||24||6||12||4||2||1||242||9.9%||33||5||15.2%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||63||15||25||17||6||7||644||9.8%||87||16||18.4%||95|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||31||8||11||9||3||3||304||10.2%||45||9||20.0%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||5||4||2||3||134||11.2%||14||1||7.1%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||14||3||6||4||1||2||225||6.2%||31||5||16.1%||22|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||11||10||273||249||91.2%||1||5-5||-1.6||5-5-0||-1||3-6|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||5||5||128||113||88.3%||0||2-3||-1.8||2-3-0||-1||2-2|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)||5||5||131||123||93.9%||1||3-2||+0.4||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||84||85.7%||0||1-3||-3.2||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||13||13||369||337||91.3%||0||6-7||-4.2||6-7-0||-5||7-4|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||6||6||175||162||92.6%||0||3-3||-0.6||3-3-0||-1||2-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)||3||3||93||89||95.7%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||99||91.7%||0||1-3||-3.8||1-3-0||-4||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-3-0||+4||8-3||+4||3-6||2.5||29.9||2.1||25.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||3-1||3.0||30.2||2.8||27.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||54||11||21||17||5||3||637||8.5%||83||13||15.7%||90|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11||27||6||9||9||3||1||329||8.2%||40||6||15.0%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||3||7||1||1||151||9.9%||18||4||22.2%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||9||21||2||7||10||2||1||269||7.8%||36||6||16.7%||37|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||57||20||17||18||2||2||630||9.0%||70||10||14.3%||98|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||23||10||6||6||1||1||281||8.2%||41||5||12.2%||34|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||7||2||5||0||0||135||10.4%||10||1||10.0%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||20||7||6||6||1||2||232||8.6%||26||4||15.4%||30|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||18||17||463||423||91.4%||0||9-8||-0.1||9-8-0||-1||6-10|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||9||8||216||198||91.7%||0||5-3||+0.8||5-3-0||0||3-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||8||8||195||179||91.8%||0||5-3||+1.3||5-3-0||+1||3-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||81||89.0%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.19, MINNESOTA 3.07|
|2/12/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -235||W||5 ov||U|
|2/15/2013||DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/17/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||at CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/21/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|2/22/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||at DETROIT||3-8||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||PHOENIX||2-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2013||LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at CALGARY||2-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||O|
|3/5/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||P|
|3/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/10/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/12/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/19/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/21/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/11/2013||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||U|
|2/14/2013||COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ev||O|
|2/17/2013||DETROIT||3-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||P|
|2/21/2013||at EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5 ev||U|
|2/23/2013||at CALGARY||1-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ev||U|
|2/26/2013||CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/3/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, +160||L||5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5 un||U|
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT|| |
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* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Vancouver (11-6-6) at Minnesota (12-9-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Vancouver Canucks' recent struggles have allowed the Minnesota Wild to tighten the Northwest Division race.
A three-game homestand may be just what the Wild need to overtake the Canucks.
The Wild look to continue their impressive play at home Sunday night and pull even with the division-leading Canucks by sending them to their sixth loss in seven games.
Vancouver (11-6-6) has surrendered 23 goals during a 1-3-2 skid following an 8-1-2 stretch that propelled the club to the top of the Northwest.
That lead is now down to two points on charging Minnesota (12-9-2), which seems to be finally coming together after making a splash in free agency last summer, signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
The Wild have won six of nine after beating Nashville 2-1 in a shootout on the road Saturday.
"It was a positive step forward for us," said Matt Cullen, who scored the decisive goal in the tiebreaker. "We stuck with our game and continued to battle and push for 60 minutes.
"It took a little longer, but again, it was an important two points for us and it sets us up for a big weekend if we can continue on here."
Minnesota now returns home for three games looking to improve its 8-2-1 record at the Xcel Energy Center. One of those defeats, however, was a 4-1 loss to the Canucks on Feb. 7, but they've since rebounded by winning four of five.
Parise leads the Wild with nine goals after scoring in regulation against the Predators, and he's managed a point in each of the last four home games.
The left wing has one goal and one assist in seven career meetings with Vancouver, but has been held pointless for four straight.
Suter has also been kept off the scoresheet in two season matchups, but he has nine point in 10 games since the most recent contest against Vancouver.
The Canucks are trying to avoid their first four-game slide since Jan. 16-22, 2011.
"You would like to think it's just one of those times in a season where things aren't going right for you, but I think there's still things we need to sharpen up on, clearly," left wing Chris Higgins told the league's official website.
Facing Minnesota would usually present a good chance for a victory since they've won nine of the past 11 meetings, including a 2-1 home win Feb. 12.
Vancouver's struggles continued Thursday with a 2-1 overtime loss at Columbus, the last-place team in the Central Division. Cory Schneider gave up the winning goal with 56.9 seconds left.
"On their winning goal, both of our guys sort of mis-stepped there and the guy went around them," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He came in all alone against Schneids, so they were able to capitalize on their opportunity."
Captain Henrik Sedin has continued to produce despite his team's slump, collecting three goals and five assists in six games, but he has no points in his last three meetings with Minnesota.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa could return to Vancouver's lineup after missing three games with a groin injury. He has five goals in his past 10 games, including one against Minnesota on Feb. 12.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 5:00:31 PM EST|