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Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia Attendance: 18,871
New-look Canucks host Wild
Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks
- The Wild avenged a 4-1 home loss to Vancouver on January 12 with a 4-2 win over the Canucks in Minnesota on February 6, and they've taken points in five of the last seven meetings in the series (4-2-1). The Wild have won in three of their last four stops in Vancouver and are 7-3-0 there since March 2013.
- Minnesota was dealt a 2-0 loss by visiting San Jose on Saturday in interim coach Dean Evason's debut. The Wild have been shut out 15 times since the start of the 2018-19 season, one more than the Canucks for the most in the NHL over that time range.
- The Canucks were handed a 5-1 loss by Anaheim on Sunday after they yielded a combined two goals in wins over Nashville and Chicago in their previous two games. Since January 4, Vancouver is 10-0-1 when allowing three goals or fewer in a game and 0-7-0 when giving up four or more.
- Tyler Toffoli will make his Canucks debut after being acquired from the Kings on Monday. Toffoli, who had a hat trick Saturday in his final game with Los Angeles, has nine goals in 14 career games at Rogers Arena -- his highest per-game average (0.64) of any current NHL venue (min. five games).
- Ryan Hartman has seven goals in 10 career meetings with the Canucks, his highest goal total against any single opponent and by far his highest goals-per-game average (0.70) against any team, with the Sabres second on the list at 0.43 per game.
- Elias Pettersson scored his team-leading 24th goal in Sunday's loss to the Ducks, leaving him one away from becoming the third player in Canucks history to begin his NHL career with two straight seasons of 25+ goals. Rick Blight (1975-78) and Pavel Bure (1991-94) both did it in each of their first three seasons.
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Forward Tyler Toffoli will make his Vancouver debut on Wednesday night when the Canucks host the Minnesota Wild.
Toffoli was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday in exchange for forward Tim Schaller, the rights to center Tyler Madden, a 2020 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 pick to provide some offensive punch for the Canucks, who have been hit with a rash of injuries to their wingers.
Vancouver general manager Jim Benning announced Tuesday that Brock Boeser, tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists), will be sidelined for at least eight weeks with a rib cartilage fracture. He also said two other wingers, Josh Leivo, who fractured his right kneecap just before Christmas, and Micheal Ferland, who is dealing with concussion-like symptoms, likely will miss the rest of the season.
"I want to compete down the stretch here for a playoff spot," Benning said. "Making this trade, that's the message I wanted to send to our group going down the stretch here."
Vancouver, which last made the playoffs in 2015, is just one point out of first place in a crowded Pacific Division behind co-leaders Edmonton and Vegas.
"We want to be competitive," Benning said. "We wanted to show our players we can compete. We're in the pack to make the playoffs. We needed to add scoring."
Toffoli had 18 goals and 16 assists in 58 games with the Kings and scored a hat trick in Saturday night's 3-1 victory over Colorado in the Stadium Series at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He spent Tuesday's practice skating on a line with leading scorer Elias Pettersson (58 points, 24 goals) and second-leading scorer J.T. Miller (57 points, 22 goals).
"I'm excited to be here, be in the race and to win some games," Toffoli said. "I'm very excited for this opportunity."
Minnesota, which is seven points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, also has been busy making moves, trading popular forward Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh and then firing head coach Bruce Boudreau all within a five-day span.
Assistant Dean Evason took over for Boudreau on an interim basis. The Wild were shut out 2-0 by visiting San Jose on Saturday in his head-coaching debut as Martin Jones stopped 39 shots.
"The energy level, the feel in the room was really good," Evason said. "If anything, we were squeezing it a little bit too tight."
A three-day day break that included two practices gave the Wild a chance to reset before heading off on a two-game Dad's Trip that concludes on Friday at Edmonton.
"He's been positive and come in here with a great attitude," forward Marcus Foligno told twincities.com about Evason. "I think the guys are really responding to what he had to say. I think the biggest thing he has preached is accountability, and that's what it's going to take to get over the hump."
This is the third of three meetings between the two teams. Vancouver won the first one, 4-1, on Jan. 12, while Minnesota won the second, 4-2, on Feb. 6, with both games played at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 18, 2020