Seems like Auld times

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild meet again tonight, but this time it's on Canadian ice and forward Matt Cooke won't be playing.

The popular Canuck suffered a broken jaw in practice yesterday at General Motors Place and will undergo surgery. He's gone indefinitely.

The Canucks start the second month of the National Hockey League season against the Wild, which is making its first trip to Vancouver.

Faceoff is 7 p.m. (CKNW/Sportsnet).

Canucks have a 2-1 edge over Minnesota after three road games in St. Paul, the state capital. The teams will have reached the halfway point of their regular season series after tonight's game. The next time they meet will be on New Year's eve in St. Paul.

Wild and Canucks have each played a dozen games, but 8-2-2 Vancouver has a four-point edge in Northwest division standings after the season's first month.

Minnesota, 6-4-2, relies on centre Marc Chouinard and right-winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard for much of its offence. Chouinard has six goals and five assists while Bouchard has five goals and six assists. Canucks will likely face Manny Fernandez, the league's top goaltender with a stingy 1.65 goals against average. Fernandez is 4-1-1 in six games played. Teammate Dwayne Roloson has also played six games, but is 2-3-1.

Alex Auld gets his first start as Vancouver's number one goaltender while Dan Cloutier recovers from a concussion suffered Saturday in Denver.


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