|If the Canucks has a “goaltender controversy” on its hands, no one has bothered to mention it to Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider, as the duo has performed at a high level all season and hasn’t aired any disenfranchisement, publicly. Vancouver Head Coach Alain Vigneault has downplayed the situation, kind of, saying that he’d start whoever showered him with the most complements. Well, Luongo must’ve had some kind words for his coach, as he’ll get the nod in net tonight.||Each home game during the season, the Canucks host one BC minor hockey player, between the ages of eight and thirteen, who will lead their club onto the ice pre-game and stand on the ice with the team for the national anthems.
The Wild will wear its WHITE road sweaters tonight.
|Since being relieved against the Canucks on Thursday, Backstrom has been lights out. The netminder has allowed only two goals in his last two games—both for wins. During the stretch, he has stopped 48-of-50 shots.
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|Torrey Mitchell will return to the lineup and replace Pierre-Marc Bouchard:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Heatley – Granlund – Setoguchi
Cullen – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
If Spurgeon is in, one D-man has to come out:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Spurgeon
We should find out who is starting in net when Yeo addresses the media, but for now, mum is the word.
If it is Kuemper, it will be his first career start. If it is Backstrom it will be his ninth straight start. If it means anything to you, Kuemper participated in the morning skate and Backstrom did not.
|I don't want to say this is a great game by any means…We're starting to find our game a little bit more and that's the most important thing for us.
- Yeo on getting the first road win on the season
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be tonight's forward scratched. Nate Prosser participated at the morning optional skate and looks like he's out if Spurgeon is in.
Harding is feeling off and will sit out tonight.
|D Andrew Alberts (Minneapolis) and D Keith Ballard (Baudette) are Minnesota natives. Ballard played three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2001-04). Raymond played in two seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth (2005-07). C Andrew Ebbett appeared in 49 games with Minnesota in 2009-10. D Cam Barker skated in 71 games in parts of two seasons with the Wild (2009-11).||Luongo has had the Wild's number of late, blanking Minnesota in each of his last three starts (all in Vancouver) – carrying a shutout streak of 195:23 into this season.|
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