Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/26/14
Vancouver Canucks (33-30-10) at Minnesota Wild (37-24-11)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -168 / Vancouver Canucks +153 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canucks look for their third straight win as they head into Minnesota to take on the Wild who are holding on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference.
Vancouver has had a very tumultuous season as they had sky high expectations heading into the season as has been a custom in Vancouver over the last six years and after things started to go south the team completely imploded both on and off the ice. John Tortorella was involved in a scrum with members of the Calgary Flames, Roberto Luongo was traded to the Florida Panthers, and Ryan Kesler was rumored to be on the move all the while the Sedin’s have struggled to put up the points expected of them. Vancouver has had one of the most unusual and taxing seasons I can remember but yet somehow they are still in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and can inch closer to that mark with a win on the road against the Wild. Eddie Lack is slated to get the start here for the Canucks as he goes up against Darcy Kuemper for the Wild.
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The Wild have a grip on the seventh overall seed in the West heading into action tonight but are far from a lock to make the playoffs especially with the way some of the contenders have been performing of late. Minnesota sits five points back of the Kings for the six seed but with the way they’re playing at the moment it looks unlikely that they will improve their standing so I think turning their focus to fending off the also rans is in their best interest especially in games they play on home ice. Minnesota is a quality team as many are in the West this season and it is sad to think that a team of this magnitude will likely get shelled in the postseason against a very solid team while some of the league pretenders who slip into the East have a shot at winning the conference. This is a very tough game to call as Minny is very good at home but the Canucks have been playing the better hockey of the two teams and all things considered these sides are pretty even. I think the Canucks are worth a look here as a pretty heavy road underdog and while I am not too confident that is where I’ll play if any in this spot.