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Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (20-10-5) at Minnesota Wild (19-11-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks have a chance to record their longest winning streak in almost three years on Tuesday night as they kick off a road trip against the Minnesota Wild.

After taking all five games of a recent homestand, the Canucks have won a season-high seven straight games. It is the longest string of victories for Vancouver since a seven-game run from March 22-April 3, 2012 and the club has not won eight consecutive games since Dec. 23-Jan. 7 of the 2010-11 campaign.

The Canucks capped their recent homestand by playing host to the Boston Bruins for the first time since Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Though the Bruins left town as champions on that day, the Canucks were able to record a 6-2 victory on Saturday night.

Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an assist while Roberto Luongo made 39 saves. Yannick Weber, David Booth, Christopher Tanev, Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen also scored.

"Boston is one of the best teams in the East. We didn't have to say anything about emotion pregame. They were ready," said Canucks coach John Tortorella, whose club will play its next three games on the road.

The Wild gutted out a 2-1 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday after having lost three of their previous four games.

Mikko Koivu had the winner in the second round of the shootout and Josh Harding made 26 saves through overtime.

Harding got beat on a deflection midway through the second period, but Nino Niederreiter's first tally in 11 games with 3:53 left in regulation tied the game.

"The guys did a great job of shutting them down after that goal," said Harding of the Avs' second-period goal. "We needed to win on the road and we'll take two points, shootout or not."

The Wild have won two straight overall versus the Canucks and seven of the last 10 meetings at home.

Harding is 2-4-0 with a 2.41 goals against average in eight career games versus Vancouver, including six starts, while Luongo is 17-15-4 with a tie, 2.68 GAA and five shutouts over his career when facing Minnesota.

12/17 10:45:02 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
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OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
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UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
2nd
SEAT 51
SACST 39
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
3rd
WIN 3
PHI 2
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
4th
ARI 6
SEA 28