Sunday, March 04, 2007

Canucks/Wild Preview

Season series: The Wild have won 4 and lost 2 to the Canucks this season. The last game that they played on February 14, Sami Salo was the overtime hero. That was also when the Canucks were red hot. But that has changed. The Canucks are not playing a full 60 minutes lately. They are lacking intensity and speed. That type of effort is not going to fly against the Wild. In fact, the Wild are going to beat these Nucks if Vancouver don't step it up and play at a higher level.
This isn't Phoenix. Minnesota has no problem skating hard and being aggressive at a consistent level. I don't know what is going to motivate the Canucks tonight. Maybe Jeff Cowan should play on a scoring line. He has no problem showing intensity, and was a difference-maker last game against the Coyotes.
My take:
All that being said, the Wild are a division rival. The Canucks play better against division rivals, don't they? I think this one will be close, but the Wild will take it by a score of 2-1. Hope I'm wrong again! If the Wild win, they will take over 1st spot in the Northwest Division.

Will Manny Fernandez play? He has returned from his MCL injury, and hasn't seen action since January 20th. Niklas Backstrom is probably still out with a lower body injury. If not Fernandez, it will be 22 year-old Josh Harding, who posted a shutout in a 5-0 win over the Oilers last game, stopping 30 shots. Harding is no slouch. He was the WHL MVP in the 2002-03 season. He has 2 career shutouts in 5 NHL starts. Yeesh. Goalies grow on trees in Minnesota.

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11 Comments:

At March 4, 2007 at 1:44 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I"m crossing my fingers for a canucks win, but I'm inclined to agree with you. The Wild will win this one, unless the Canucks find their game. and by that I mean find their game other than the one they've been playing lately :D

 
At March 4, 2007 at 2:03 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

What do you think the score is going to be, Jenny? Take a guess!

 
At March 4, 2007 at 2:46 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

3-2 :D

 
At March 4, 2007 at 3:19 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

It's hard to see the Canucks pulling out a big victory tonight. that being said, I'm a complete homer and not a band wagon fan like some :-)

5-2 Canucks

Linden, Naslund (2), Burrows, Bieksa

Demitra (2)

They have had a couple days off, so maybe they will come out refreshed?!

 
At March 4, 2007 at 5:51 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well they sure don't win by a 3 goal margin all that much do they?

 
At March 4, 2007 at 6:57 p.m. , Blogger Goon said...

5-2 your not giving the Wild Much hope are you?

 
At March 4, 2007 at 7:38 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

it sure would be nice if they pull out a big win tonite - so far, not looking so good trailing 1-0 but hey its still early :) lots of time left! :)

i think santala will score tonite

haha

 
At March 4, 2007 at 8:27 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I LOVE COWAN!!!!

3-2 Canucks :) I love being wrong when its to the canucks benefit ! :)

hopefully the Canucks continue this trend of scoring.

 
At March 4, 2007 at 10:21 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

WOW

i think the canucks like keeping it close - perhaps its more of a challenge for them who knows !

but we win :D i guess thats the main thing :D

 
At March 4, 2007 at 11:17 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeehaw! It's good to be wrong!!

 
At March 5, 2007 at 2:56 p.m. , Blogger Goon said...

A lot better than the 5-2 shelacking/pasting that you had predicted.

I will take it, it could have been 5-2 if not for Backstrom.

 

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