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Wild Vs. Canucks: Minnesota May Have Trouble Keeping Up With Vancouver Offense

The Minnesota Wild are working on a nice little winning streak, and for that, they can thank the Detroit Red Wings. They're riding two-straight wins following a two-game losing streak, and both wins have been against the Wings, who are on a 0-5 skid, as it happens. Minnesota will take it regardless, enjoying a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 29 and a 2-1 overtime victory on Tuesday. But now they've got a tough test ahead as they take on the Vancouver Canucks at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.

Minnesota lost the first outing to Vancouver, back on Oct. 22, which set off their two-game skid leading up to the back-to-back games against Detroit. Sami Salo scored the game-winner for Vancouver with 21 seconds remaining in overtime at home, giving the Canucks a 3-2 win. Minnesota kept it really close in that game, but judging by the Canucks of late, it's going to be a tough sell for the Wild to keep it close or win this time around.

Vancouver dropped two-straight games by a margin on 6-2 overall, but have since then won two games straight of their own: a 7-4 win over the Washington Capitals and a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. That's 12 goals in their last two games, something the Wild are going to have a lot of trouble keeping up with. After all, the Wild have played in five straight one-goal decisions.

The game is set for 8:00 p.m. eastern time and can be seen on the Fox Sports networks, as usual.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.