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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Vancouver

One-time rivals will play the second of three games this season Thursday night in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
The essentials

Who: Vancouver Canucks (30-19-5) at Minnesota Wild (24-22-6)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

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ST. PAUL -- The Wild will try and build on its momentum Thursday when it hosts the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. 

Minnesota secured a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, a game that saw Kevin Fiala score twice to snap a nine-game goal drought, and Matt Dumba win the game in overtime, scoring his first goal in nearly three months. 

Both players are exceedingly important to the Wild down the stretch, especially against opponents like the Canucks, who presently sit atop a tightly-contested Pacific Division.

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"They certainly were happy for him. They know how hard he's been pressing for a couple of months now," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said about Dumba's goal. "To see it go in in overtime to boot was probably a just reward for all the ones that have almost gone in."

The game marks the second of three meetings this season between the Wild and Canucks, and the first of two over the next two weeks. 

Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks in a 4-1 victory at Xcel Energy Center last month, while goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves. Marcus Foligno scored the lone goal for the Wild.

The two clubs will conclude their season series in 13 days at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, a game which will come during the Canucks' upcoming five-game homestand. It's a stretch of games that's well-earned; Vancouver has been on the road for more than a week.

The game Thursday night concludes an expansive five-game trip for Vancouver which began Jan. 29 in San Jose and continued east to New York, Raleigh and Boston. The Canucks are 2-1-1 so far on the trip.

Elias Pettersson leads the club with 23 goals and 55 points. J.T. Miller is second with 20 goals and 53 points. Former University of North Dakota star Brock Boeser, a Burnsville native, has 16 goals and 45 points. 

Markstrom has started 37 games this season, posting a 20-14-3 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. 

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