MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks have a big divisional matchup today when they visit the Minnesota Wild for the first of four meetings this season. Cory Schneider returns to the Canucks net after Roberto Luongo started the past four games.
“Lou’s done his job and now it’s my turn to try and keep that going,” says Schneider who watched the Canucks win three straight with Luongo in net. Schneider was 2-2 against Minnesota last season, and has a 3.13 goals-against-average in four starts compared to Luongo’s 1.53 GAA in six appearances.
Kevin Bieksa missed the game day skate with an illness, but he’s expected to play. Winger Alex Burrows took a shot on the wrist this morning, but will be in the line-up tonight.
After spending big in free agency with the signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, the Wild have struggled this season, playing .500 hockey, but Parise has been hot, with six goals in his first nine games. Minnesota has had a problem scoring goals though, with only 21 goals in nine games, including one in each of their last two, losses at Anaheim and Phoenix.
The Canucks have not had a lot of luck at the Xcel Energy Center in recent years, giving up five goals or more four times while losing six of their last eight visits to Minnesota. Game time is 5 p.m.