|The Vancouver Canucks have struggled of late, which has helped allow the Wild to tighten the Northwest Division race. Vancouver has surrendered 23 goals during a 1-3-2 skid.
Henrik Sedin set a new franchise record for scoring (757) on Feb. 15, surpassing Markus Naslund, who was the previous all-time franchise scoring leader at 756. He now sits at 770 career points (176-594-770).
|The Wild will have the contest for the Post-Game Slap Shot presented by Crystal Farms. The promotion is open to all fans age 12 and under. A line will form at the top of Section 123 following the game.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Ryan Suter has a Wild season-best six-game point streak (1-6=7). The blueliner has 11 assists in his last 13 games and is tied for the Wild lead with 15 on the year. He ranks T-3rd in the NHL in assists amongst defensemen (15), and T-8th in points (16).
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|Here's what the lineup looked like in last night's win against the Preds:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
And the blue line:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Backstrom is 11-13-6 with a 2.71 GAA, a .958 SV% and one shutout in 31 games (29 starts) against Vancouver. Matt Hackett has never faced the Canucks.
|It seems like we’re always in the middle of a three-in-four the beginning or the end. The most important thing is to focus on the task in front of you.
- Yeo on playing through the schedule
|Forwards Mikael Granlund and Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Goaltenders Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) and Darcy Kuemper (lower body) are both on Injured Reserve and did not travel with the team.
|D Andrew Alberts (Minneapolis) and D Keith Ballard (Baudette) are Minnesota natives. Ballard played three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2001-04). LW Mason 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 with the Wild in parts of two seasons (2009-11).||Minnesota finishes its fifth of nine sets of back-to-back games this season tonight, looking for its third sweep of consecutive games. The Wild moved to 5-0-0 on the first night of back-to-back games Saturday in Nashville, and is 2-2-0 on the second night of play.|
|Wild vs. Vancouver will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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