The Minnesota Wild will be hoping to halt a three-game losing streak when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night. Minnesota is coming off consecutive setbacks against Arizona, Columbus, and Toronto. The Canucks have been even worse, also with three losses in a row in addition to a horrendous 1-9-2 record in their last 12 outings.
The Wild and Canucks are both mired in three-game losing skids heading into the finale of their regular-season series on Tuesday in Vancouver. Their 2018-19 head-to-head numbers are tied at 1-1 with each team having prevailed at home. However, the Wild’s 5-2 road loss on Oct. 29 was more of an aberration than a rule; they had won six of their previous eight trips to Vancouver. Minnesota, which beat the Canucks 6-2 at the Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 15, begins a three-game trek through Western Canada after dropping a 5-3 decision to Toronto this past Saturday. Ryan Suter set up a goal in that contest and has five assists in his last five games to tie captain Mikko Koivu for the team lead in that department (17). Suter and Koivu each have scored a goal and set up two others against the Canucks this season.
Forward Zach Parise was held off the scoresheet against the Maple Leafs after producing 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in his previous 11 games. Fellow forward Eric Staal scored his 10th goal last Saturday to move within two of the team-leading Parise heading into Wednesday.
Canucks can’t buy wins
Vancouver’s Markus Granlund and rookie Elias Pettersson have scored twice in the head-to-head series this season and Bo Horvat has a goal and an assist. Horvat, 23, lit the lamp late in the first period of last Saturday’s 2-1 setback against Dallas as the Canucks fell to 0-2-1 on its five-game home-stand. They are a dreadful 1-9-2 in their last 12 overall
The Wild bolstered its depth at forward on Monday by acquiring Josh Leivo from Toronto in exchange for fellow forward Michael Carcone of Utica (American Hockey League). Leivo recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in 27 games this season for the Maple Leafs, who needed to free up a roster space after William Nylander signed a six-year contract this past weekend. Carcone, 22, has scored six goals and assisted on 12 others in 20 games with the Comets in 2018-19.
The Vancouver Canucks are:
- 1-11 in their last 12 overall
- 21-44 in their last 65 home games
- 24-50 in their last 74 games against the Western Conference
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 14-6 in their last 20 games against teams with losing records
- 11-4 in their last 15 games against the Western Conference
- 3-0-2 Over in their last five overal