Sunday, March 04, 2007

Game Day: Wild at Canucks

Tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild has turned out to be a showdown for first place in the Northwest Division. With 17 games to go in the regular season, the Canucks and the Wild are only a point apart in the standings; the Flames are in there as well, tied with the Canucks in points, but they have played one more game.

It won't be easy for the Canucks. Of all the Northwest Division teams, they've had the most trouble - a 2-3-1 record this season - against the Wild.

What the do the Canucks need to do? First, stop Marion Gaborik:

Indeed, anyone who has watched Minnesota play this season can see the Wild have found a synchronous consistency that will make them dangerous when the playoffs start next month. But there also is one little statistic — three numbers and two dashes — that bleats too loudly to be ignored:


That's the Minnesota Wild's record this season with Gaborik in the lineup.
Then stop Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra:

For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild sport three 20-goal scorers in Brian Rolston (26), Marian Gaborik (22) and Pavol Demitra (21).

The Wild also have three goaltenders in Manny Fernandez, Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding who have proved they can perform at the NHL level.
In six games against the Canucks this season, Rolston has eight points (4G-4A) and Demitra has seven (3G-4A); in his three games against Vancouver, Gaborik has three goals and an assist.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:24 AM


At March 04, 2007 4:41 PM, Blogger Temujin said...

Stop Demitra, Rolston, and Gaborik?

Oh, is that all? Gee, that sounds easy.

I think you forgot to mention the need to beat their goalie... errr... whoever he is. All three of them are uber-talented, including the third-stringer who looks like he could battle it out for the #1 job on about half the teams in the league!

Yergh. This could get ugly, but I'm still saying 5-2 Canucks.

At March 05, 2007 12:50 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

5-2 canucks 4-3 canucks same difference right?

bottom line :)



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