Wednesday, March 22, 2023
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NHL Preview: Minnesota Wild (34-21-6) at Vancouver Canucks (24-31-5)


All-Time Wild Record: 47-37-15 (27-18-6 at Xcel Energy Center, 20-19-9 at Vancouver)

2022-23: Minnesota earned a 4-3 overtime victory in the series-opening game at Xcel Energy Center (10/20) and a 3-0 win in the second game at Rogers Arena (12/10)…RW Mats Zuccarello (2-3=5) leads the Wild with five points…D Calen Addison (0-3=3) and LW Kirill Kaprizov (1-2=3) each have three points…C Sam Steel (2-0=2) has scored two goals…G Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23-of-26 shots faced for Minnesota in the first meeting…G Filip Gustavsson stopped all 35 shots faced in the second meeting to record his first NHL shutout…C Nils Amas (1-1=2) and C Dakota Joshua (1-1=2) lead the Canucks with two points each…C Bo Horvat (1-0=1) also scored a goal in the first meeting…G Thatcher Demko stopped 33-of-37 shots faced in the first game for Vancouver…G Spencer Martin saved 30-of-33 shots against in the second meeting.

WILD LEADERS: Zuccarello leads the Wild with 22 points (8-14=22) in 19 contests vs. the Canucks…D Jared Spurgeon has 18 points (4-14=18) in 39 games…D Alex Goligoski owns 13 points (3-10=13) in 37 matches…D Matt Dumba has 11 points (2-9=11) in 22 games…D Jonas Brodin owns 11 points (2-9=11) in 28 contests…C Ryan Hartman has 11 points (8-3=11) in 15 games.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 14-3-2 with a 2.57 GAA, a .914 SV% and two shutouts in 19 career starts vs. the Canucks…Gustavsson is 2-1-1 with a 2.64 GAA, a .922 SV % and one shutout in four games (three starts).

CANUCKS LEADERS: C J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with 14 points (7-7=14) in 18 games against the Wild…D Oliver Ekman-Larsson owns 13 points (2-11=13) in 42 matches…LW Tanner Pearson has 11 points (6-5-11) in 21 games…C Elias Pettersson owns eight points (5-3=8) in 10 games.

CANUCKS GOALIES: G Collin Delia is 2-0-0 with a 2.32 GAA and a .940 SV% in three career games (two starts) vs. Minnesota…Demko is 0-2-2 with a 3.72 GAA and a .888 SV% in four starts…G Spencer Martin and G Arturs Silovs have not faced the Wild.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota is 19-8-1 in its last 28 games against the Canucks… The Wild is 10-3-0 in its last 13 games played in Vancouver…The Wild is 15-8-1 in the last 24 games played in Saint Paul…Minnesota’s 109 points vs. the Canucks are its third-most against a team.


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• Tonight marks the last of three meetings between the Canucks and Wild this season: Oct. 20 (4-3 OTL @ MIN), Dec. 10 (3-0 L @ VAN), Mar. 2 (home).
• Vancouver is 47-36-5-11 all-time against Minnesota, including a 25-13-3-7 record on home ice.
• The Canucks are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games against the Wild.
• Tyler Myers leads all active Canucks skaters in career games played (30) against the Wild.
• J.T. Miller leads all active Canucks skaters in career points against Minnesota with 14 (7-7-14).
• Elias Pettersson has eight points (5-3-8) in 10 career games against Minnesota.
• Quinn Hughes has seven points (0-7-7) in eight career games against Minnesota.
• Nils Åman has two points (1-1-2) in two career games against Minnesota.
• Thatcher Demko is 0-2-2 with a 3.72 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage in four career games against the Wild.
• Collin Delia is 2-0-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage in three career games against Minnesota.

• Elias Pettersson has 24 points (10-14-24) in his last 16 games, including 18 points (7-11-18) in 11 games in the month of February.
• J.T. Miller has 12 points (2-10-12) in his last 11 games.
• Quinn Hughes has 12 points (1-11-12) in his last 10 games.
• Brock Boeser has 10 points (2-8-10) in his last 12 games.
• Conor Garland has nine points (3-6-9) in his last 11 games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last nine games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last seven games.

LAST MEETING – DEC. 10/22: VAN 0 vs MIN 3
Quinn Hughes led all Canucks skaters in time on ice (25:02)…J.T. Miller recorded a team-high in shots on goal (5)…Luke Schenn led all skaters in hits (6) and blocked shots (7)…Spencer Martin made 30 saves.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
Goals For/Game 3.35 (9th) 2.79 (26th)
Goals Against/Game 3.97 (31st) 2.69 (t-8th)
Power Play % 22.8 (10th) 23.5 (7th)
Penalty Kill % 66.7 (32nd) 82.3 (8th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:07 (20th) 11:30 (29th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 4:00pm PT on March 1, 2023

LAST GAME PLAYED – FEB. 27/23: VAN 5 at DAL 4 (OT)
Anthony Beauvillier opened the scoring 3:27 into the first period…Elias Pettersson and Andrei Kuzmenko recorded the assists…Sheldon Dries gave Vancouver their second lead of the game at the 9:00 mark…Conor Garland and Christian Wolanin picked up the assists…Vasily Podkolzin scored his second of the season to double the Canucks lead…Aatu Räty and Quinn Hughes were credited with the assists…Beauvillier re-established the two-goal lead just past the halfway point of the game…Hughes and Kuzmenko were awarded assists…Kuzmenko scored the game-winner 48 seconds into overtime…Beauvillier (2-1-3) and Hughes (0-3-3) each registered their third point of the game with the assists…Hughes led the team with six shots on goal…Dakota Joshua led the team with five hits…Thatcher Demko made 34 saves in his return to the Canucks lineup.

• Dec. 10/22: VAN 0 vs MIN 3
• Oct. 20/22: VAN 3 at MIN 4 (OT)
• Apr. 21/22: VAN 3 at MIN 6
• Mar. 24/:22 VAN 2 at MIN 3 (OT)
• Oct. 26/21: VAN 2 vs MIN 3

• Filip Hronek and a 2023 fourth-round draft pick acquired from Detroit Red Wings in exchange for conditional 2023 first-round draft pick and 2023 second-round draft pick, Mar. 1
• Josh Bloom acquired from Buffalo in exchange for Riley Stillman, Feb. 27
• Thatcher Demko activated from injured reserve, Feb. 27
• Arturs Silovs assigned to Abbotsford, Feb. 27
• Noah Juulsen recalled from Abbotsford, Feb. 26
• Ethan Bear placed on injured reserve, Feb. 26

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