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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Vancouver

Minnesota begins season-long six-game homestand Tuesday against Canucks

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild 

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio Network, Wild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

The opponent

On the tail end of a five-game, week-long road trip, the Vancouver Canucks have won three of their past four games, including a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Vancouver's trip comes on the heels of a 1-2-1 homestand to begin the seson.

The Canucks began their trip with a 3-0 win in Ottawa last Tuesday, and followed with a 6-3 loss in Boston and a 4-2 win in Buffalo prior to Sunday's victory.

Derek Dorsett and Burnsville native Brock Boeser, a former University of North Dakota star, lead the club with six points each. Five of Dorsett's six points have been goals. Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Michael Del Zotto have five points apiece, and former Wild forward Thomas Vanek is one of four players with four points.

With Ryan Miller now in Anaheim, Jacob Markstrom has taken the reigns in goal and has been solid, posting a 3-2-1 record with a 2.48 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

He's a first-timer

On Monday, the Wild recalled Lakeville native and former Gopher Justin Kloos from Iowa of the American Hockey League. If Kloos plays on Tuesday, it would mark his NHL debut.

Kloos scored 150 points in four years at the University of Minnesota, ranking 28th in program history. He was a two-time All-Big Ten nominee and twice was named Team MVP. Kloos has one goal and two assists in six games with Iowa this season.


• Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson skated in 27 games with the Canucks in 1998-99.

• Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason appeared in six games with Vancouver in 1990-91.

• Boeser, a Burnsville native, scored against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center in his NHL debut last season.

• Canucks forward Markus Granlund is the younger brother of Wild forward Mikael Granlund.

• Vanek skated in 154 games with Minnesota, collecting 93 points (39-54=93) in two seasons (2014-16). He also played two seasons at the University of Minnesota (2002-04), leading the Gophers to a national championship in 2003.

Welcome home

Minnesota begins its longest homestand of the season on Tuesday, playing six games spanning 12 days. The Wild opened the season with five of its first six games on the road. Minnesota posted a 27-12-2 record at Xcel Energy Center last season, the second-most home wins in a season in team history (29 in 2006-07). The Wild set home-ice franchise records for most goals in a season, outscoring opponents 137-93, and highest power-play percentage with a 27.4 percent conversion rate (31-of-113). Both home-ice franchise records ranked second in the NHL in 2016-17.

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