All roads lead to Minnesota as the Canucks take on the Wild in the final stop of their five-game road trip. Vancouver is coming off a surprising win against the Red Wings, and the project players are starting to make names for themselves. Can the Canucks sustain the success they have achieved or will tonight’s matchup bring them back to Earth? This season, it’s really tough to say.

Let’s do this!






Patrick Wiercioch was recalled from Utica as was Thatcher Demko?! We found out Demko was for cap reasons but will be sent down once Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson are put on LTIR. Seeing Troy Stecher go down against Detroit was a heartbreaker but once again, Alex Biega will most likely take Stecher’s spot.

The new home for Jake Virtanen is paying immediate dividends on the Sedin line. His hit on Niklas Kronwall brought back vivid memories of Virtanen laying out Connor McDavid. The project player has matured.

Shut down line and coincidentally the top line of Brandon Sutter, Derek Dorsett, and Markus Granlund has garnered a lot of attention as Dorsett is taking the league by storm. Many believe it’s not “sustainable” but until it isn’t, it’s a great story.

Jacob Markstrom will be in the net after his amazing performance on Sunday.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:


The Wild are injured, they’re injured pretty bad! Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund, and Charlie Coyle have all fallen to injuries and yet Minnesota has maintained a .500 record. If the Canucks were star-picking tonight, Ryan Suter would be the most unsurprising target. A Brock Boeser slap shot would fell any hero.

Don’t let this team fool you, the Wild have been in almost every game and let leads slip away. Vancouver seems to bring out the best in Minnesota unfortunately, so watch out for these pretenders.

Devan Dubnyk is the man between the pipes for the Wild.

Minnesota Wild lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:


  • Michael Del Zotto is currently T-5 in SH BkS with six. He has put his body on the line so far this season and is just under one blocked shot on the PK per game. Thankfully, the Canucks aren’t taking as many penalties this year so this hopefully won’t be a regular occurrence. He probably asked Henrik and Daniel to slow down on the hooking penalties.
  • In only four games on the road this season, the Canucks are already T-5 in road PP chances with 37, four off the lead of 41 held by the Blackhawks and Rangers. Last season, the Canucks couldn’t draw a penalty even if they had Bob Ross guiding them so Travis Green should be lauded for his progress.
  • It goes without saying, this is going to be a special game for Brock Boeser. His first ever game came at the Xcel Energy Center last year and he didn’t disappoint with a GWG to his name. The rest has been as advertised and with A LOT more family in the stands tonight, Boeser will want to make his relatives stand up and cheer.
  • Jake Virtanen is stepping his game up and with the right opportunity, more things like this will be on the horizon

  • Former Wild forward Thomas Vanek returns to Minnesota and after putting up 93 points over two seasons for them, Vanek will look to continue putting pucks in the net but now, for the opposition.


Left without further comment.


I really, really want to not believe in this team in 2018 and yeah, I know it’s early but there are way too many signs pointing to the Canucks having moderate success and it’s hard to hold that back. Derek Dorsett is finally healthy and is getting the credit he deserves… maybe not top-line minutes per say but he’s the face of the team this week.

Jake Virtanen has turned a corner and like Trevor Linden did with the Sedins, they both are mentoring young Jake. It turned out well for them, I wonder how Virtanen will benefit long-term from the Sedins?

Local boy, Brock Boeser returns to the building where he got his first career start. I expect Boeser to put on a show, especially against a lesser Wild squad.


Brock Boeser points (+/- 3)       Sounds crazy but take the over. Four points just feel like something totally doable for BB tonight.

Michael Del Zotto PPG (+/- 0)  Going with the over on this one as well. Just feel like he’s due for some luck.

  • apr

    Remember when CA were bemoaning how many “veterans” the Nucks brought in? Anyone following the team for any duration knows that this team perennially is at the top for players lost due to injuries. Had so little depth last year – that three call ups were Subban, Sautner, and Subban. I feel so much better this year.

    • Freud

      Jezzus, go ahead and be a perennial whiner about the opinions presented by CA writers, but don’t lie.

      Most writers felt the vets added in the off season were good value on shorter term contracts. As long as they were used as place holders for the younger guys and ultimately flipped at this or next year’s deadline it was a win, win.

      And I agree Vancouver’s travel/injuries is a huge barrier they will have to ultimately overcome to win a cup. That’s why they need to rebuild properly and not just build a team that competes, but is a strong favourite.

      • apr

        Chill out Sarah Huckabee Saunders; CA Army writers 4-star Generals they are not. I recall numerous articles that Subbban and Juolevi should make the team and that blocking spaces with Weircoch Holm, and Del Zotto could stunt their growth, but Hutton may be moved (JD’s favourite, after Sutter, Gudbrandson, and Dorsett bashing). That said, you are entitled to your own recollection – mine may be different, but I am hardly lying. If you think I am wrong, wait till the spring and the guys aren’t flipped because like raining in Vancouver, the Nucks will once again be 3 or 4 of their top 6 d-men down again.

        • Freud

          I’m a bit lost with your multiple misspellings, incoherent sentence structure and arguments that have nothing to do with my point.

          So, I’ll just challenge you to name these articles.

          • Freud

            From CA – June 30th, 2017 – The Canucks have a boatload of young players looking to make an impact next season, but little desire to rush any of them into their lineup. At this point, it’s likely Loui Eriksson has scared them away from big-ticket free agents for the time being, which means the team will be left perusing the 99¢ aisle looking for deals. Signing a veteran free agent or two probably won’t be the most popular move with a fanbase that’s desperately craving young talent, but having an insurance policy is preferable to submarining a player’s development by bringing him along too early.

          • truthseeker

            You mean like how I challenged you to provide proof for your posts and you tucked tail and ran? Still waiting for you to show me how I was wrong about the corsi numbers for last season.

            Of course…none of that means he’s right about this stuff…I have no idea….just find it’s funny you calling him out on something you’re guilty of.

          • Penn Tickton

            No one answers you self-loather because you are an ignorant narcissist with ‘isuues’. I mean, this is the guy who doesn’t care about the Stanley Cup or pro sports but is on here all day every day spouting cr@p and belittling other commenters ffs. Utter nutjob who needs locking up.

  • Steamer

    Still high on Jake’s ‘gravity workshop’ vs. Kronwall – reminiscent of Virt’s mega hit on Jared Hauf back in the WHL when Jake planted 6’5″Jared in his bench!

  • Laxbruh15

    I know the granlund line has done well, but it doesn’t make sense to me to have a potential twenty goal scorer and potential thirty assist guy essentially getting played as a defensive specialist. Burmistrov would be much better suited in that role while allowing granlund to play with some players that actually have some offensive instincts in gagner and vanek. This is another success now vs long term development. Would much rather have a fifty or sixty point granlund than some shutdown success.