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Wild Opens Road Trip Against Canucks

Four-game swing through Canada begins Tuesday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

VANCOUVER -- The Minnesota Wild will close out November and begin December on a four-game, 10-day road trip that begins on Tuesday when it faces the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Minnesota has earned at least one point in four consecutive games and is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night in Missouri.

The Wild has a losing record all-time in Vancouver (14-17-9) but has had plenty of success here lately, winning four of its past five games in Vancouver, including a 5-2 victory last season.

Nate Prosser, the second-longest tenured member of the Wild (not counting his short stint with the Blues during training camp a few years back), said this year's version of the Canucks is a hard-working bunch that doesn't much resemble the high-scoring teams of the past.

Vancouver's 2.14 goals per game ranks 29th in the NHL.

"We've watched a few games of theirs and they go to the net hard, they get pucks [to the net]," Prosser said. "As defensemen, we have to make sure we're really boxing out well and eliminating their gritty opportunities."

The Canucks have rotated between wins and losses each game since Nov. 7, a span of 10 games. The Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout in Colorado on Saturday night their last time out, a victory that wrapped up a three-game road trip. 

Daniel and Henrik Sedin, each a long-time nemesis of the Wild dating back to the days of the old Northwest Division, have seven assists each in 22 games. Daniel has one more goal (six) than his brother. 

Bo Horvat leads the team in both goals (seven) and points (15).

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