CANUCKS (30-19-5) at WILD (24-22-6)
8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, SNP, NHL.TV
The Vancouver Canucks will try for their sixth victory in seven games when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.
The Canucks, 5-0-1 in their past six games and 14-3-1 in their past 18, hold a three-point lead on the Edmonton Oilers for the Pacific Division lead.
Goalie Jacob Markstrom is expected to start; he's 5-1-0 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his past six starts.
The Wild, 4-2-0 in their past six games after going 1-5-1 in their previous seven games, trail the Calgary Flames by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Goalie Alex Stalock will make his second straight start for Minnesota after making 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Players to watch
Canucks forward J.T. Miller has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games.
Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games.
They said it
"You look at their team, four good lines, their top four 'D' is as good as you'll see in the NHL and they're fighting for their lives." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on Minnesota
"[The Canucks are] a real good team. I've watched lot of their games lately and they don't quit. ... There's a reason that they're at the top of their division. … They've always been a hard-working team, now they have parts to it that will make them a successful team." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Vancouver
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson
J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen
Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter
Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers
Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn
Injured: Tyler Motte (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Tyler Graovac (lower body)
Wild projected lineup
Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello
Jason Zucker -- Luke Kunin -- Kevin Fiala
Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Jordan Greenway
Ryan Donato -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Brad Hunt -- Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Victor Rask
Injured: Carson Soucy (illness)
Soucy, a defenseman, did not take part in the morning skate and will be a game-time decision.
Hughes has five points (three goals, two assists) in the past four games. … Pettersson has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 13 games. … Tanev will play in his 500th NHL game. … Suter has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games. … Zucker has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.