Tale of the Tape: Canucks @ Wild (2.7.13)

Thursday, 07.02.2013 / 12:00 PM
Daniel Fung

THE SET-UP

The Canucks (5-2-2) will turn to Cory Schneider to help them sweep their two-game road trip tonight when they battle the Zach Parise and the new-look Wild (4-4-1).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

- The Canucks are looking to extend their win streak to a season-high four straight games. They are also looking to win consecutive games on the road for the first time this season.

- The Wild are coming off back-to-back regulation losses for the second time this season. They are looking to avoid equaling their longest winless streak at the season at three games.

- The Canucks won four of the six head-to-head meetings against the Wild in last year's season series but they lost two of the three games they played at the Xcel Energy Center and were out-scored by a combined 9-6 score there.

- Canucks G Cory Schneider will pick up his fifth start of the season tonight. He hasn't seen any game action since two Sundays ago in a 4-1 road loss to the Sharks.

- The Canucks last visit to the Xcel Energy Center on March 19 – also their last head-to-head meeting against the Wild – resulted in a 2-0 loss. Schneider was nearly perfect that night stopping 32 of 33 shots.

- Canucks G Roberto Luongo, who will be the back-up tonight, posted two shutouts in two starts against the Wild last season stopping all 61 shots he faced. Both of his starts came at Rogers Arena.

- Canucks F Daniel Sedin led all players in the season series last year with three goals and 10 points.

- Canucks F Jordan Schroeder, a native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, will play at the Xcel Energy Center for the first time as an NHLer tonight although he's had plenty of experience playing there in the past while with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

- The Wild are expected to shake up their lines taking Heatley off the top unit alongside Parise and Koivu and moving rookie Charlie Coyle up in his spot. Heatley would drop down to play with Bouchard and Cullen.

- Ex-Ranger F Mike Rupp is expected to make his Wild debut tonight. He was acquired by the Wild on Monday in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. Rupp is joining his sixth NHL team following previous stops in New Jersey, Phoenix, Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York.

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