Canucks looking to end slide vs. Wild

Minnesota (24-21-3) at Vancouver (22-20-7), 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — Even with All-Star
goaltender Roberto Luongo back in the fold, the Vancouver
Canucks are still struggling.

The Canucks will hope to snap a season-long, seven-game losing
streak when they host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Vancouver is 0-5-2 since winning in Mats Sundin’s debut on
January 7. The Canucks have also lost eight home contests in a
row, failing to win at GM Place in over a month.

Luongo has started the last four games since missing eight weeks
with a groin injury, but he has yet to get Vancouver back into
the win column. He made 33 saves during Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to
the Nashville Predators.

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The 29-year-old Luongo has posted an 11-7-4 record with a 2.45
goals-against average and five shutouts this season.

The Wild are coming off a 3-1 setback to the Edmonton Oilers on

Niklas Backstrom had not lost to the Oilers in 12 career games
before surrendering three goals in 23 minutes before being
replaced by Josh Harding, who stopped the 17 shots he faced.