Sun reporter Elliott Pap sets up Tuesday night's Canucks-Wild battle at Rogers Arena:
CAN LOU NET ANOTHER? Roberto Luongo may experience one nightmare after another in Minny but at home he has tamed the Wild with three consecutive shutouts, two last season and one in Game 81 of the 2010-11 campaign.
All five of his starts this season have been strong and he lauded his teammates Monday for not surrendering many odd-man rushes. Noted Luongo: "We're not giving up much."
WILL NEW LOOK LAST? The Canucks practised Monday with the same power-play units that were unveiled in Saturday's 5-1 triumph over the Flames.
Daniel Sedin was again on the point alongside Alex Edler with the first group, while Henrik Sedin skated up front with Alex Burrows and rookie Jordan Schroeder. The second group featured Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa on the points with Mason Raymond, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen up front. Jason Garrison, signed for his big shot (among other reasons), was not on either unit. Said coach Alain Vigneault: "Whether we're using him right now on the power play is, in my opinion, not that big of an issue. He's done everything we wanted."
DIVISION DOMINATION: The Canucks are 5-0-1 against Northwest division foes this season, including a 4-1 spanking of the Wild last Thursday in Minnesota. This marks their fourth straight game against Northwest teams and a chance to pull further ahead of the pack in the Western Conference's lamest division.
The Wild should be tired, too. This will be their third game in four nights in three different cities and three different time zones. They played Monday night in Calgary. Time to put down the hammer.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
HENRIK SEDIN, CANUCKS All eyes will be on Henrik, who needs one point to tie Markus Naslund and two to set a new franchise mark for regular-season points in a career.
Naslund put up 756 during his 884 games in a Canuck sweater. Henrik will be appearing in his 904th outing.
ZACH PARISE, WILD Assuming he emerges unscathed from Monday night's game in Calgary, Parise is always worth watching. He had eight shots and three hits against the Canucks last Thursday in 20: 53 of ice time, which was actually below his season average of 21: 25.
"Jordan has done enough to play the next game. He's been very consistent, in our opinion, at both ends of the rink. If he continues to play the way he has, he is making some decisions hard for us." - Alain Vigneault on whether Jordan Schroeder has shown enough to stay when Kesler returns.
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