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Wild, Canucks back in action after lengthy break

Matt Cooke, Zach Parise, Marco Scandella

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, center, is congratulated after his empty-net goal by left wing Matt Cooke, left, and defenseman Christian Folin, of Sweden, against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of the Wild’s 3-0 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Remember the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks?

They were hockey teams.

Used to play in the NHL.

Whatever happened to those guys anyway? Last we heard they won their first two games, then just disappeared off the face of the earth.

OK, maybe we’re making too much of the fact the Wild and Canucks haven’t played since Saturday. Scheduling quirks always look more extreme at the beginning of the season. But it is kind of remarkable that Minnesota and Vancouver have only played twice, while the Boston Bruins have already played six times.

Fun fact: all three of those teams have the same amount of points (4).

The Wild are back in action tonight in Anaheim against the Ducks, while Vancouver takes on the Oilers tonight in Edmonton.

In case you forgot, Minnesota opened its season with back-to-back shutout wins over Colorado. After such a strong start, Wild forward Zach Parise wasn’t exactly a huge fan of cooling his jets.

“I think once you start playing, you want to keep going,” he said. “It would have been nice to have this break later in the season when you get a little more tired. We’re still fresh. It’s not as if we needed the rest, but I think it was good to work on some different things and take advantage of things as much as we could.”

The Canucks were slightly less impressive in taking their first two games over Calgary and Edmonton, but wins are wins, and, after last season, Vancouver was happy to get them.

Still, new coach Willie Desjardins didn’t sound like a guy who was swimming in satisfaction.

“We have to make it a good week,” he said Tuesday. “We’ve got to be ready when we play Edmonton, because they’re going to be ready to play us. You get into game tempo when you play games, and obviously you lose some of that in practice.”