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Wild continue road trip against Canucks

by Brian Compton

WILD (6-5-1) at CANUCKS (7-2-2)


Last 10: Minnesota 4-5-1; Vancouver 7-1-2.

Season series: This is the second of four meetings. The Canucks cruised to a 4-1 win against the Wild last Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Big story: Roberto Luongo gets the nod for Vancouver after giving way to Cory Schneider the last two games, both victories. Schneider only allowed one goal in each of the wins to lower his goals-against average to 2.36 in six appearances. Luongo is boasting a 1.53 GAA in six games.

“It's my turn,” Luongo told the Vancouver Sun. “I don't try to figure it out. I just play goal when I'm told. It's your job to try and find out the reasoning and all that stuff. My job is to stop the puck.”

Team scope:

Wild: Minnesota finally earned its first road win of the season Monday night, as the Wild picked up a 2-1 shootout victory at Calgary. Kyle Brodziak scored in the second period before Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu beat Leland Irving in the shootout. Niklas Backstrom finished with 23 saves.

“We didn’t always make it easy on ourselves but in order to win you still have to do some good things,” coach Mike Yeo said. “There were some good things tonight.”

Canucks: Vancouver will be seeking its sixth straight win Tuesday night. The Canucks made it five in a row with 5-1 win against the Flames on Saturday in the first of a four-game homestand. Rookie forward Jordan Schroeder scored the first two goals of his National Hockey League career.

"It's kind of a weight off your shoulders," said Schroeder, a 2009 first-round draft pick. "You're gripping your stick pretty tight.

"There's excitement, relief. You want to get that first one so bad. To be able to get two in one night is always good."

Who’s hot: Canucks winger Daniel Sedin has a goal and three assists in his last three games, while Alexandre Burrows is 1-2-3 in his last two.

Injury report: Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon is on injured reserve with a bruised foot. … The Canucks are without David Booth (groin) and Ryan Kesler (shoulder surgery).

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