Elliot Pap said that even though most people in Vancouver are anticipating the game in Minnesota, the Canucks are well-focused on the upcoming game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Pap said, “While mayhem may lurk in Minnesota, the Vancouver Canucks insisted Monday their full and undivided attention is on tonight's date with the Edmonton Oilers.”
"You know what?" head coach Alain Vigneault said before the team's flight to Alberta. "I'm not in the Minny mode yet. I'm in the Edmonton mode. "
“He may be, but hardly anyone else is, what with 6-7 Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard stating Friday he might "go after" Markus Naslund and the Sedin twins if Vancouver's "so-called agitators" won't man up and face him,” said Pap.
“Ryan Kesler, presumably one of Vancouver's agitators, didn't seem to be quaking in his boots Monday.”
"Boogaard isn't much of a hockey player, so I guess he has to be a tough guy for them," Kesler said. "If he goes crazy, the league will take care of him. I don't think we'll be too worried about him.
"It's probably Boogaard's job to say that [stuff]," Naslund commented. "If he wants to run around, we've just got to keep our heads up and hopefully he takes some stupid penalties and we can capitalize on them."
Pap said, “The Canucks decided to take a little insurance with them on the road and called up feisty Mike Brown from the Manitoba Moose while sending Jannik Hansen the other way.”
"With us playing back-to-back, and Minnesota might be a more physical game, Brownie can bring us the element of energy," Vigneault explained. "I don't think he's going to play in Edmonton but there's a chance he'll play on the road trip."
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Sanford goes Wild
Elliott Pap said Curtis Sanford may have a chance to play a game during this road trip. Although this would be his second season start, Sanford understands his place on the team and takes it with pride.
“Sanford signed on in the summer to back up Roberto Luongo and knew the score. It would be Roberto, Roberto, Roberto with maybe a little Curtis sprinkled in once a month,” said Pap.
“Luongo doesn't like to miss optional practices, let alone games, so Sanford has had to be the most patient man on the planet.”
"You kind of wish and hope there were a couple of more starts," Sanford said. "But everybody can take a look at the schedule and see that the first two weeks in November were pretty light for us. When you're only playing two games a week, there is one obvious decision and that's to keep Roberto in there. I understand that."
Pap said, “Sanford won his only start -- a 4-1 decision in Columbus Oct. 21 -- and made 35 saves. He also relieved in the 8-2 Philadelphia debacle. That's been it for him. Luongo has started 11 straight since Sanford's Blue Jacket triumph.”
"I'm not sure yet which game Curtis is going to start but I know Louie is playing against Edmonton," Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "These divisional match-ups are really important and it's so tight now. I'll talk to Louie after the Edmonton game and we'll see where we'll go from there."