|After being named the Canucks’ starter during the offseason, Schneider has a 3.13 goals-against average in four starts compared to Luongo's 1.53 GAA in six appearances. Luongo has been the subject of trade talks early in the season, but has yet to be moved.
Offensively, twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, lead Vancouver. Second-year forward Zack Kassian has been the beneficiary of the twins’ talent, leading the team with five goals as he joins the pair on the wing. Defenseman Alexander Edler continues to produce offensively, tied for the team lead in points (3-4=7), with Daniel Sedin.
|Nick Abbott and Ryan McNamara of Eastview High School had a pretty good run at the Kiwanis/Think Mutual Bank Festival in Rochester and will give the “Let’s Play Hockey!” salute prior to puck drop. Abbott scored a natural hat trick, all shorthanded, in a 7-2 victory over Rochester Mayo. In the quarterfinals McNamara netted a hat trick. Both players assisted on all three of the other’s goals.
All fans in attendance will receive a Wild vintage bobblehead.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Zach Parise leads the Wild in goals (6), points (10) power play goals (3) and shots on goal (34). On Monday, he scored his 200th career goal, second amongst active Wild players.
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|The Wild has been tinkering with its lines, trying to find the right combinations for more production offensively:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Heatley – Cullen – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Rupp – Konopka – Setoguchi
The blue line will remain the same as its last outing:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella
Niklas Backstrom looks to rebound from last year’s outings against the Canucks. Last season, he went 0-2-1 with a .869 save percentage and a 3.59 goals against average. Lifetime, he is 11-12-6 with a 2.63 GAA, a .908 SV% and one shutout in 30 games (28 starts).
|He’s big. He didn’t shrink at all.
- Yeo joking about what he thinks newly acquired Mike Rupp with bring to the lineup
|Forwards Matt Kassian and Mikael Granlund and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury.
|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 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).||According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zach and his father J.P. (238) become just the second father-son duo to both net at least 200 career goals, joining Bobby Hull (610) and son Brett (741).|
|Wild vs Canucks 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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