In late November the Canucks came into Minnesota and beat the Wild 3-2 to open a four-game road trip. Now in the midst of a six-game trek looking for their first win, Vancouver is looking for the same result.
The Canucks brought the effort, yet were not rewarded for their play Sunday in a 4-0 loss to Chicago. Coach Desjardins, who confirmed Ryan Miller starts in goal, said if the effort is the same and systematically his team is strong, they’ll find success Tuesday night.
News of the day Tuesday was the Wild claiming forward Jarret Stoll off waivers. Some thought it might be the Canucks taking a chance on the 33-year-old Canadian forward, but Adam Cracknell’s strong play means another centre wasn’t needed.
Cracknell was happy to hear praise from coach Desjardins and said his line will continue to do what is asked of it.
Matt Bartkowski, much like Desjardins, said Vancouver’s effort has been consistently good of late and if that continues, the wins will come.
A victory tonight against the Wild, who are 10-3-1 at home, would even out the Canucks at 1-1-0 so far this trip. A regulation loss and it’ll be a long flight to Philadelphia Wednesday at 0-2-0.