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At the Rink: Canucks at Wild

by Dan Myers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild can't seem to shake the flu bug.

Forward Jordan Schroeder will be out when the Wild host the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him in 2009, at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday (SN1, SNP, FS-N+).

Wild coach Mike Yeo thought on Tuesday his team had rid itself of the illness that went through several players during a recent four-game road trip.

But Yeo arrived at the arena on Wednesday and learned that Schroeder likely would be out. Minnesota recalled forward Christoph Bertschy from Iowa of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions.

"I don't know if it's food poisoning or the same [bug] or what it is," Yeo said. "It is what it is. What I like is, though this stretch, we haven't made any excuses, regardless of who is in the lineup, we think we have a capable group here."

Forwards Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine and defenseman Marco Scandella remain out of the lineup for Minnesota (11-5-3) with injuries. Add in the illnesses and the Wild's depth has been tested.

Yeo said he's avoided getting frustrated about it because there's nothing he can do to control it.

"Certainly, it's an opportunity for us to make excuses or for our game to slip," Yeo said. "I think it got away from us for a couple of games, but I think we got it back last game. I'm anxious to see if we can gain on that because that's what good teams do."

Vancouver (8-8-6) begins a four-game road trip having won twice in its last 10 games. It concluded a seven-game road trip last week with a 1-4-2 record but is still above .500 on the road this season (5-4-3).

Minnesota has been one of the League's best home teams this season with an 8-1-0 record.

"For us, it's about playing a simple game like we did earlier in the season on the road," Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "We want to get off to a good start on this road trip and what better place to do it than in Minnesota."

Here are the projected lineups:


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Alexandre Burrows - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Chris Higgins - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata

Brandon Prust - Adam Cracknell - Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Luca Sbisa - Matt Bartkowski

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Injured: Brandon Sutter (abdominal), Ben Hutton (lower body)

Scratched: Sven Baertschi, Taylor Fedun


Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter

Thomas Vanek - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Ryan Carter - Charlie Coyle - Christoph Bertschy

Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Kurtis Gabriel

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba

Nate Prosser - Christian Folin

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Injured: Zach Parise (knee), Justin Fontaine (knee), Marco Scandella (lower body), Jordan Schroeder (illness)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom

Status report: Virtanen will be in the lineup in place of Baertschi, who is a healthy scratch. ... Parise was on the ice with teammates during the morning skate on Wednesday but there is still no timetable for his return.

Who's hot: Daniel Sedin has a five-game point streak with eight points during that stretch. He has 12 points in his last seven games. ... Vanek had a goal and an assist against the Nashville Predators on Saturday and leads the Wild with eight goals.

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