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  • Gamethread: Wild vs. Canucks (1:00 p.m.)

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    Thomas Williams

    Just over a week since the Minnesota Wild visited the Vancouver Canucks, they are now hosting the team from the Pacific Northwest at their own rink for a Saturday afternoon clash.

    Last time, the Canucks shutout the Wild a decisively earned a 2-0 victory thanks to Demko standing on his head and a couple depth players chipping in with goals. Now, the Wild are having a slightly better time. They have earned two consecutive wins, including a shutout of their own over the Seattle Kraken, and are looking more like the team that started their hot streak under John Hynes.

    Unfortunately, the Canucks are doing even better. After their win over the Wild, they went on to claim victories over three Cup favorites. Defeating the Hurricanes, Lightning, and Panthers all on home ice. They are looking dangerous as ever.

    The one way that the Wild could stave off the Canucks is if they can just not take any penalties or kill them off successfully. Vancouver has the second-most goals scored on the man advantage and the fifth-highest success rate on those power plays. And meanwhile, the Wild have the second-worst penalty kill, having just been able to kill off 71.6%. 

    If this game stays at 5-on-5, Minnesota has a chance. If it goes into special teams often enough, then they might just be doomed.

    When: 1:00 p.m. CT
    Where: Xcel Energy Center
    TV: Bally Sports North
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Boldy
    Marcus Johansson -- Marco Rossi -- Mats Zuccarello
    Marcus Foligno -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Patrick Maroon
    Brandon Duhaime -- Connor Dewar -- Ryan Hartman

    Jake Middleton -- Brock Faber
    Alex Goligoski -- Zach Bogosian
    Dakota Mermis -- Jon Merrill

    Filip Gustavsson
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Projected Canucks lineup

    Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Pettersson -- Sam Lafferty
    Nils Hoglander -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser
    Dakota Joshua -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland
    Andrei Kuzmenko -- Pius Suter -- Phil Di Giuseppe

    Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek
    Nikita Zadorov -- Tyler Myers
    Ian Cole -- Noah Juulsen

    Thatcher Demko
    Casey DeSmith

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    2 minutes ago, Adamada said:

    The amount of penalties the wild have taken isn't exactly great either.

    Yeah, from the looks of the fancy stats the Wild should have this game in hand. The Vikings gave up 3 TDs in the 4th Qtr and took their ineptitude to a whole nother level in OT. 

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    6 minutes ago, UK_Soldier said:

    Yeah, from the looks of the fancy stats the Wild should have this game in hand. The Vikings gave up 3 TDs in the 4th Qtr and took their ineptitude to a whole nother level in OT. 

    Sounds like the vikes, and now the Wild go to OT

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