Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers: Game 25

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Minnesota Wild (14-7-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (12-10-2)

Rexall Place @ 8:30PM CDT
Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Edmonton perspective, check out LoweTide

Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers

Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Nick Johnson - Kyle Brodziak - Darroll Powe
Brad Staubitz - David McIntyre - Colton Gillies

Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Mike Lundin - Nick Schultz
Greg Zanon - Clayton Stoner

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Ryan Smyth - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Sam Gagner - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi
Lennart Petrell - Ryan O`Marra - Darcy Hordichuk

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Jeff Petry - Ryan Whitney
Colten Teubert - Theo Peckham

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

One final request... please do not visit Copper and Blue, no matter the outcome of the game. It simply is not worth it.

The Wild had a pretty good things going against the Oilers, with 956 wins in a row against the Edmonton squad. That number may be inflated, or perhaps it regressed to the mean, and we missed being the ignorant dumba$$es that we are. Still, the win streak against the Oilers at the X is over. So be it. Let the kids have their prize. Really should have given them some kind of trophy, since they are the "best franchise in the NHL" right now.

You know, because their AHL affiliate is winning. Right. That makes sense.

The game tonight could be one of two things. It could be an absolute disgusting mess of players trying to settle scores, or it could simply be another game. I think I know which way Mike Yeo would lean on this one. Just another game, with two teams who badly want the two points. Let Darcy Hordichuk and his piss poor math skills skate around and be a turtle. That's fine. Eventually, he'll take a call, we promise you that.

The game will see something the Oilers didn't in their last matchup with the Wild. Niklas Backstrom. With a ridiculous record against the Oilers, A gaudy 20-2-1 record shows that Backstrom's mean against the Oilers is to crush their souls and ship them to them in a cute pink box with a bow on it after the game.

Still, the Oilers will be fired up, what with their big 5-2 victory over the Wild last week. It will be up to the Wild to find a way to knock the Oilers back down a peg. The two points is more important than Darcy Hordichuk. Let's hope the players know that.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the Wild avoid getting caught up in a mess?
  2. Does Backstrom ownership continue?
  3. Will the defense look solid with the new pieces again?
  4. Can Dany Heatley find some antidote for these snake bites?
  5. Where, exactly, is the mean? Can we use the mode instead? Or just the average? And how many standard deviations are we from sanity right now?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:


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