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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Game Day: Wild at Canucks

Big game tonight at the Garage as the Vancouver Canucks start a three-game homestand against the Minnesota Wild. If the Canucks win in regulation, they'll extend their Northwest Division lead over the Wild to four points; if the Wild win in regulation, they'll catch up to the Canucks in points.

The Canucks may have to play tonight without their best defensive defenseman, Willie Mitchell (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province):

Willie Mitchell's lone goal this season and half his two-point games have come against his former team, the Minnesota Wild, but he's questionable for tonight's game, the final regular-season encounter between the two Northwest Division rivals.

Mitchell's groin, which caused him to miss most of seven games just before the all-star break, is giving him problems again and he didn't take part in Monday's practice.
He may be replaced, however, with defensive center and Moose callup Nathan Smith (Adam Wazny, Winnipeg Sun). I'm guessing the Canucks have had enough of Tommi Santala missing the net.

For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Moose centre was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks. Smith, who underwent three different surgeries after suffering a major knee injury last winter, has been an unsung hero for the Moose this season. Asked by Arniel to move out of the defensive-centre role thrust upon him by other coaches, the 25 year old has 16 goals and 18 assists (both career highs) in 58 games and has become a top-six forward with the Moose this year.
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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:18 AM

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At March 13, 2007 2:12 PM, Anonymous the cunning linguist said...

Absolutely huge game tonight... I'm guessing that the regulation winner wins the NW division... ;)

 

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