Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Wild (2.12.13)

Tuesday, 12.02.2013 / 12:00 PM
Daniel Fung

The Vancouver Canucks (7-2-2) will look to stretch their season-high win streak to six straight games tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild (6-5-1) at Rogers Arena.

- The Canucks will play the second game of their four-game home stand tonight. They are looking to stretch their home ice win streak to four games and their overall win streak to six games.

- Tonight marks the second of four meetings between the Canucks and Wild this season. In their first meeting five nights ago, the Canucks embarrassed the Wild cruising to an easy 4-1 win at the Xcel Energy Center.

- Canucks F Manny Malhotra missed practice yesterday due to personal reasons and is questionable for tonight's contest. If he can't go, expect F Andrew Ebbett to take his roster spot. Ebbett, who has no points in four games played this season, has not seen game action since January 27 in San Jose.

- The Wild have won back-to-back games for the third time this season and are looking to extend their win streak to a season-high three games tonight.

- Minnesota is closing out their short two-game road trip tonight. They are coming off their first road win of the season – a 2-1 shootout victory last night in Calgary. They had started off the season winless in four (0-3-1) on the road before yesterday's win.

- Canucks forwards Mason Raymond (1-3-4), Daniel Sedin (1-3-4) and Chris Higgins (2-1-3) each have three-game point streaks entering tonight's contest.

- Canucks G Roberto Luongo will get a chance to extend his shutout streak of 195:23 against the Wild as he will get the start in tonight's contest. He has shutout the Wild in in each of his last three starts against them dating back to the 2010.11 season. Wild F Mikko Koivu was the last Minnesota player to score on Luongo. Koivu's goal came in the third period of a game on March 14, 2011.

- With Wild G Niklas Backstrom getting the start last night in Calgary, Minnesota may opt to start back-up G Josh Harding tonight. Harding has a 2-4-0 career record versus Vancouver with a 2.56 GAA and .914 save percentage to go with one shutout. Backstrom is 11-13-0 in his career against the Canucks with a 2.71 GAA and .905 save percentage with one shutout.

- The Canucks have a perfect 3-0 record this season in games following two days rest.

- Tonight is the second time this season the Canucks will be facing a team that had to play the night before. The Wild are 2-0 this season playing on zero days rest.

- Canucks F Zack Kassian still leads the team with five goals but he’s gone point-less in three straight games.

- Canucks captain F Henrik Sedin is one point shy of tying Markus Naslund for first place in the all-time franchise points category. Naslund had 756 points during his time in Vancouver.

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