(Sports Network) - The streaking Vancouver Canucks will take aim at a fourthstraight victory when they visit the Minnesota Wild for a Northwest Divisionclash Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.
In addition to winning three games in a row, the Canucks are 5-1-1 sincebeginning the lockout-shortened season with consecutive losses.
Roberto Luongo started the last four games in net for Vancouver, but CorySchneider expects to get the call in net in Minnesota. Schneider entered thisseason as the No. 1 option over Luongo, who has been the subject of incessanttrade rumors over the last several months.
Schneider, who signed a three-year, $12 million deal with Vancouver in theoffseason, hasn't played since starting a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Jan. 27. Heis 2-2 with a 3.13 goals against average this season compared to Luongo, whois 3-0-2 with a 1.53 GAA.
However, Schneider does have better career numbers against Minnesota, going5-3-0 with a 2.03 GAA in nine lifetime tilts versus the Wild.
Luongo made 23 saves in Vancouver's most recent win, a 3-2 overtime victoryMonday night in Edmonton. Christopher Tanev scored the first goal of hiscareer with 19.3 seconds left in the extra session to help the Canucksovercome an early 2-0 deficit for the win.
"I was able to come in off the blue line and I shot it. I think one of ourguys screened the goalie and it went in. I'm pretty happy," Tanev said of thegoal.
Jannik Hansen had a goal and an assist while Kevin Bieksa also scored for theCanucks.
The victory improved Vancouver's road record this season to 2-1-1.
The Wild began the season with consecutive wins, but have gone 2-4-1 since.Minnesota is coming off back-to-back regulation losses and scored a total oftwo goals in those setbacks.
After dropping a 3-1 decision in Anaheim on Friday, the Wild were handed a 2-1setback Monday night at Phoenix. Martin Hanzal netted the winner in the secondperiod and Mike Smith stopped 21 shots to lead the Coyotes.
Zach Parise scored the 200th goal of his career in the loss, while NiklasBackstrom made 32 saves for the Wild.
Minnesota hopes to build some momentum in Thursday's home game. The Wild are4-1-0 as the host this season.
Vancouver won four of six meetings against the Wild in 2011-12 and has taken14 of 20 overall in the series. Minnesota has won six of the last eightencounters in St. Paul.