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Canucks center Rick Rypien vs. Minnesota Wild fan -- VIDEO

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The Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the United Center. I'm thinking Rick Rypien won't be in the lineup.

UPDATE: Rick Rypien has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL, pending an in-person hearing on Friday.

Rypien grabbed a Minnesota Wild fan during the second period of the Canucks' 6-2 loss on Tuesday. Rypien and Wild forward Brad Staubitz, who fought in the first period, got into it again before being separated by the linesmen. Rypien landed a punch to Staubitz's face when they were being separated (it can be seen in the video above).

Rypien was assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. When he was making his way to the Canucks' dressing room, he grabbed a Wild fan who was applauding behind the bench.

The Canucks are a popular pick to win the 2011 Stanley Cup. All their top players are back. They also added some depth up front and brought in defensemen Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis to bolster their beleaguered blue line.

"They made some moves this offseason, and they're going to be right in the thick of things," Hawks center Sharp said.

But neither Ballard nor Hamhuis played in Tuesday's game against the Wild, and they don't look like they'll be in the lineup for the Canucks on Wednesday. Ballard sat out his second game with a concussion and Hamhuis took a puck to his foot Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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