Canucks need to rebound from mini-slump

Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (L) and Daniel Sedin talk during a break in the play against the...

Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (L) and Daniel Sedin talk during a break in the play against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton April 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:55 PM ET

The Canucks may have some sort of motivation now.

After suffering two straight losses to the worst team in the NHL, Vancouver hosts another lowly Western Conference team, the Minnesota Wild, Thursday at Rogers Arena.

And you can bet they don't want to lose three straight games the week before the playoffs.

The Canucks need to rebound, find their footing again, and head into the post-season on a winning note, whether or not the games matter.

Also at risk for Vancouver is the chance to become the first team in the expansion era to lead the league in goals for, goals against, power play and penalty kill ratings. Vancouver has allowed the least goals-against with 178, five less than the next best team, and their power play ranks first with a 24.1 conversion percentage. The Canucks trail Detroit by one goal for the No. 1 spot but it's their penalty kill that took a hit in the past couple games. They allowed four man advantage goals against Edmonton are tied for second behind Pittsburgh.

Eddie's back

Alex Edler could return to the lineup Thursday, which would get him two games under his belt before the playoffs. The defenceman has been out since January after undergoing back surgery. He practised with the team this past week and says there's no pain but will need to get back into game-action shape.

Principal's office

Raffi Torres is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing over the phone Thursday morning over his hit on Jordan Eberle Tuesday. Torres caught the Oilers forward with an elbow to the head and was given a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct.

Manny Talks

Canucks centre Manny Malhotra issued his first statement Wednesday since his season-ending eye injury, saying two successful surgeries have helped restore vision in his eye. "Although there is a lot of recovery and healing to take place, I am very optimistic for a good outcome," he said.


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