After loss in St Louis, Canucks try to bounce back against Wild
After a rare regulation loss last night to the St. Louis Blues, the Vancouver Canucks will try to rebound against a familiar foe, in the Minnesota Wild.
The Canucks have to be the favourites going into this game, for no other reason than their incredible record. However, the Xcel Energy Center has not been very kind to the Canucks this season. They've already lost 4-0 in Minny, as well as 6-2.
Last night in St Louis was all kind of bad news for the Canucks. First of all, another, yes ANOTHER Canucks D-Man went down with injury, as Andrew Alberts broke his wrist when he blocked a shot with it, meaning he's out for a while. That means Moose Dman Yann Sauve, the teams second round pick in the 2008 draft will play his first ever NHL game tonight. He will be the 12th different defenceman to skate for the Canucks this year. Yikes. And it's not like Sauve is an iron man himself; he's already missed three months of the season after being in a car accident and suffering a concussion.
In case you're trying to keep tabs, that means the Canucks defenceman are: Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo, Aaron Rome, Chris Tanev and Yann Sauve. Thank God for Mike Gillis.
Another bad thing that happened in St Louis was Roberto Luongo losing his first regulation game in 21 tries. It was his first regulation loss since Dec. 5th.
Henrik Sedin scored his 13th, and Jannik Hansen swatted home his seventh, but they couldn't overcome the goals by Alex Steen, Patrick Berglund, and Andy McDonald. Roberto Luongo played brilliantly, but the offense couldn't help him out this time.
On the second game of a back to back, Cory Schneider will get the start another possible reason is that Roberto Luongo also has a less than stellar 3-9-1 career record at Xcel Energy center.
And so, the Canucks will continue to face adversity as they try to make it without another Dman.
It's the Canucks and the Wild, tonight, at 5 pt.