Another walk on the Wild side

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks get another chance to tame the Wild tonight in St. Paul, Minn.

Puck drops at 5:30 p.m. on Rogers Sportsnet and CKNW as Vancouver completes its first two-game, three-night stand of the season.

Minnesota domesticated the Canucks Wednesday night 6-0. It was a surprising result considering the Jacques Lemaire-coached team is notorious for its slow, defensive play.

It was the Canucks first loss in regulation time in the week-old season. Minnesota capitalized on poor Canucks' penalty-killing, going three-for-five on the power play.

Canucks outshot Minnesota 33-28, but went scoreless in eight power plays. Minnesota goaltender Dwayne Roloson celebrated his 36th birthday with a shutout.

Canucks will be looking for a better effort from Richard Park, who had 37 goals and 37 assists during 217 games in Wild colours. Todd Bertuzzi will have to stay out of the penalty box for the Canucks to succeed. He was cited twice in the first period for hooking and for fighting in the second period.

The teams meet twice more in the coming weeks as the teams will quickly become accustomed to the NHL's new rivalry-promoting schedule formula. The Wild won the 2003-2004 regular season series with the Canucks 2-1-3-0 and lead 9-8-5-0 all-time.

It'll likely be another packed house at the Xcel Energy Center tonight, where the Wild have sold out all 189 home games in the team's five-year history.


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