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NHL : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 3/26/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



VANCOUVER (33-30-0-10, 76 pts.) at MINNESOTA (37-24-0-11, 85 pts.)
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Wednesday, 3/26/2014 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
1VANCOUVER+135Ov 5,-105+145Ov 5,-105
2MINNESOTA-155Un 5,-115-165Un 5,-115
VANCOUVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games33-40-0-12.533-40-12.527-362.430.82.728.7
Team Stats (Road Games)15-24-0-8.615-24-8.616-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+14-
VANCOUVER Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)7317648635411722477.8%2303414.8%293
Team Stats (Road Games)39862828237411717.3%1201915.8%146
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5165191115910.1%13323.1%27
Stats Against (All Games) 196556170101720959.4%2454116.7%336
Stats Against (Road Games) 11737393749115810.1%1422618.3%208
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 135440012810.2%15426.7%23
VANCOUVER - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JOACIM ERIKSSON (All Games)10312580.6%00-000-0-000-0
JOACIM ERIKSSON (Road Games)10312580.6%00-000-0-000-0
JOACIM ERIKSSON (Last 4 Games)10312580.6%00-000-0-000-0
EDDIE LACK (All Games)353289281691.5%713-19-7.413-19-0-615-14
EDDIE LACK (Road Games)232157852590.8%47-14-6.67-14-0-510-8
EDDIE LACK (Last 4 Games)441079891.6%13-1+23-1-0+23-1
JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)13929025387.2%01-8-7.41-8-0-76-3
JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)6312210485.2%00-3-30-3-0-33-0
JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)43877383.9%00-3-3.30-3-0-32-1

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games37-35-0+1.137-35+1.122-322.526.92.528.0
Team Stats (Home Games)23-13-0+6.423-13+6.410-172.626.82.125.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.72-3-1.73-
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)72180524969101319399.3%2254218.7%311
Team Stats (Home Games)3695293032479649.9%1132118.6%163
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5163391013411.9%16425.0%28
Stats Against (All Games) 178515858111620148.8%2174420.3%292
Stats Against (Home Games) 75182428579118.2%961818.7%123
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 144451114010.0%11436.4%24
MINNESOTA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)211854649189.9%26-12-5.96-12-0-47-5
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)9817815888.8%03-5-2.93-5-0-24-2
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)43968891.7%02-1+1.42-1-0+22-0
ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)242472565990.9%18-16-6.88-16-0-715-7
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)9924121488.8%02-7-4.92-7-0-57-1
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)441039491.3%02-2-0.12-2-003-0
JOHN CURRY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOHN CURRY (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOSH HARDING (All Games)292869064493.3%317-11+4.717-11-0+57-16
JOSH HARDING (Home Games)171639536993.4%313-3+913-3-0+95-9
JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)4411210291.1%02-2-0.72-2-0-11-2
DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)242266661492.2%112-10+2.312-10-0+25-11
DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)111131329393.6%07-4+1.37-4-0+11-6
DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)4411710993.2%01-3-31-3-0-30-2
Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.15,  MINNESOTA 3.09
VANCOUVER - Schedule
2/28/2014MINNESOTA1-2L0, -150L5 unU
3/2/2014vs OTTAWA2-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
3/4/2014at PHOENIX0-1L0, +120L5 ovU
3/6/2014at DALLAS1-6L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/8/2014CALGARY2-1W0, -200W5 ovU
3/10/2014NY ISLANDERS4-7L0, -160L5.5 unO
3/12/2014at WINNIPEG3-2W0, +110W5 ovP
3/14/2014at WASHINGTON3-4L0, +140L5.5 unO
3/16/2014at FLORIDA4-3W0, -110W5 ovO
3/17/2014at TAMPA BAY3-4L0, +180L5 ovO
3/19/2014NASHVILLE2-0W0, -145W5 ovU
3/23/2014BUFFALO4-2W0, -235W5 ovO
3/26/2014at MINNESOTA 
3/27/2014at COLORADO 
4/1/2014NY RANGERS 
4/5/2014LOS ANGELES 

MINNESOTA - Schedule
2/27/2014at EDMONTON3-0W0, -115W5 ovU
2/28/2014at VANCOUVER2-1W0, +130W5 unU
3/3/2014CALGARY3-2W0, -180W5 unP
3/8/2014at DALLAS3-4L0, +105L5 ovO
3/9/2014ST LOUIS2-3L0, +115L5 ovP
3/11/2014EDMONTON3-4L0, -200L5 ovO
3/13/2014NY RANGERS2-1W0, -115W5 unU
3/15/2014COLUMBUS1-2L0, -140L5 ovU
3/17/2014at BOSTON1-4L0, +155L5 unP
3/18/2014at NY ISLANDERS6-0W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/20/2014at NEW JERSEY3-4L0, -110L5 unO
3/22/2014DETROIT2-3L0, -155L5 unP
3/23/2014at DETROIT4-3W0, -110W5 unO
3/27/2014at ST LOUIS 
3/29/2014at PHOENIX 
3/31/2014at LOS ANGELES 
4/3/2014at CHICAGO 
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Like it or not, there is a new culture in Vancouver.
Whether the new atmosphere surrounding the Canucks leads the franchise to its long-awaited first Stanley Cup championship remains to be seen.
But coach John Tortorella is sure going to try.
Following five division championships, two Presidents trophies, for the league's most points, and a Stanley Cup finals appearance in seven years under Alain Vigneault, Vancouver brass determined the Canucks needed a tougher voice. So Vigneault, the franchise leader in wins, was fired May 22 and replaced by John Tortorella, himself fired by the New York Rangers May 29.
Tortorella comes with an edge - he can be hard on the media, and often calls out his players in press conferences - but he wins, and that's what Vancouver needs. He won a Stanley Cup in 2004 behind Tampa Bay's bench, and took the Rangers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2012.
MINNESOTA: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - That buzz created by signing two big stars turned out to be a false start for the Minnesota Wild.
First there was the lockout. Then they sputtered through a shortened season, barely made the playoffs and were bounced out quickly by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Well, here's their chance to try again. Coach Mike Yeo kept his job, and the Wild added players around centerpieces Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Minnesota opens the season at home Oct. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Canucks-Wild Preview* ======================


Vancouver (33-30-10) at Minnesota (37-24-11), 7:30 p.m. EDT

After the Vancouver Canucks welcomed one Sedin back to the lineup, they could be without the other.

It's uncertain if Henrik Sedin will play Wednesday night as the visiting Canucks look for a third straight victory while trying to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat to the Minnesota Wild.

The same night Daniel Sedin returned from missing nine games with a hamstring injury and Ryan Kesler played for the first time in five because of a sprained knee, a leg injury forced Henrik Sedin to leave Sunday's 4-2 win over Buffalo.

He also missed eight games in January and February, plus the Sochi Olympics, because of rib and finger injuries.

"It hurts, we're in a playoff race," said Henrik, who has a team-leading 46 points and recorded five assists in three games prior to Sunday.

"It's not fun."

A winner in five of eight since losing 11 of 12, Vancouver (33-30-10) is 10th in the Western Conference and must move past Dallas and Phoenix to reach the final wild-card spot and extend its playoff streak to six seasons. However, with forward Alexandre Burrows likely to miss a second straight game with a hand injury and Henrik Sedin's latest issue, the pursuit could get tougher.

"We can't use (injuries) as an excuse," coach John Tortorella said. "It's just been one of those years. It is what it is. I know we have a very steep hill to climb but we're still fighting."

Tortorella could use some consistent production from the gritty Zack Kassian, who had four assists Sunday to help Vancouver win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 18 and 21. Used primarily as a checking forward, Kassian has set career highs with 11 goals, 12 assists and 64 games but had two points in 11 contests before Sunday.

"It was one of those games (where) it seemed the puck followed me," he said. "It's nice personally, but it's even better we keep this streak going."

The Canucks now must find a way to beat the Wild (37-24-11), who can record their first season sweep in this series after winning the previous two matchups in shootouts. Minnesota has held Vancouver to one or two goals each time while taking the last four.

Though the Wild hold the first wild-card spot in the West, they've dropped two straight at home and are in the midst of an overall 3-3-4 stretch. However, they're looking to build on their rally from a 2-0 hole to win 4-3 in overtime at Detroit on Sunday.

Matt Moulson scored the winner and had an assist to help Minnesota split a home-and-home with the Red Wings.

"I was really impressed at the way they were able to stick with it," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "Obviously, there's a tendency to get frustrated and go away from our game. But they stuck with it."

Moulson has three goals and three assists in his last four games. He scored twice against Vancouver in the New York Islanders' 5-4 loss Oct. 22, giving him four goals and an assist in his last four matchups with the Canucks.

Daniel Sedin doesn't have a point in 13 games and his goal drought has reached 23.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 6:51:38 PM EST

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