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Five thoughts on Vancouver’s 4-1 win over Minnesota

Written on February 8, 2013 at 08:43, by headtothenet

AV’s coin has all the answers, Canucks win fourth straight

-by J.D. Burke and Omar Rawji

The Canucks finished their short road trip a perfect 2-0 with a dominating performance over the Wild. Cory Schneider returned to the net (thanks to a coin flip, according to the coach), Jordan Schroeder returned home, and Vancouver was too good.

Five thoughts on the game

1. New lines clicking: The Canucks’ top three lines scored, with two goals coming from the new-look second line of Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond. Hansen scored his second in two games, and Raymond scored his fourth of the season.

2. Loving the Wild: The Canucks are 5-1-1 over the last two seasons against Minnesota. The goal differential in those seven games is 20-12 and the Canucks had shutouts in two of them.

3. Perfection within division (kind of): The Canucks are now 4-0-1 within the Northwest Division. Zero in the loss column = perfect.

OK, there’s an overtime loss against the Oilers too, but caman, the shootout is a gimmick! (Unless the Canucks win. A win’s a win.)

4. Schneider’s stellar return: The starter finally started, and he looked amazing. OK, he faced 3 shots in the first period… but then 20 over the rest of the game.

His numbers for the game: .957 save percentage and one goal against. Pretty much the numbers he has to maintain if he wants to steal his job back from Roberto Luongo.

5. Schroeder needs to play in Minny every night Playing in front of his mom, dad and sister, (they were the family the cameras cut to every time the whistle was blown) Jordan Schroeder was omnipresent. He led the Canucks in shots and he did all the work leading to Raymond’s power-play goal.

Now if only we can somehow brainwash him into thinking every game is being played in St. Paul…

-you can read more by J.D. Burke (@WeveGotTwins) at We’ve Got Twins