Minnesota Wild vs New Jersey Devils: Game 26

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Minnesota Wild (15-7-3) vs New Jersey Devils (12-10-1)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00PM CDT
Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the New Jersey perspective, check out In Lou We Trust

Minnesota Wild
New Jersey Devils

Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Casey Wellman - 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

Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Rod Pelley
Mattias Tedenby - Ryan Carter - David Clarkson
Eric Boulton - Tim Sestito - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

After a "quick" trip to Edmonton, the Wild are back home for the night before they fly back out west for another swing through the left coast. The schedule makers must have thought that was just flat out cute.

The Devils are coming in after being embarrassed by the Avalanche 6-1, and they are going to have something to prove. They also have some of the biggest names in hockey walking through the door, so add it all up, and unless the Wild come out ready to play, this one gets away from them.

Plenty of lineup questions, with Powe deciding to play. Someone has to sit. Will it be recently called up Cody Almond? Colton Gillies? David McIntyre (who clearly outplayed many on the ice in his first game)? Staubitz seems cemented in the lineup for some reason, so don't expect him to come out. We'll know by puck drop, I guess.

The Devils have Danius Zubris coming back into the lineup, but not knowing enough about the Devils, where he slots in is up to you.

The Wild need to find their game quickly tonight. They know all about pissed off teams coming back to show they aren't what showed up on the scoreboard. If they want to stay where they are in the standings, they need to trust the system, and actually play it from the first faceoff. If they don't, the Devils will destroy them. Far too much talent over there to take lightly.

Occupy the X folks. Oh, and buy a program tonight. From Wild.com:

Tonight's game program sellers are members of the East Ridge High School hockey team. This team experienced tragedy on October 14th when two of their teammates were in a car accident that took the life of one of the team's stars, Braedon Hyland, at the young age of 18. Former Wild fan favorite Wes Walz had the pleasure of knowing and coaching Braedon last year. Be sure to purchase a game night program from the East Ridge hockey team at tonight's game for $3. A portion of the proceeds will go to the B & B Fund, which was set up to help families involved with medical expenses.

Sounds like a good cause. Help them out.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the Wild find their legs early?
  2. Can the defense shut down Kovalchuk and Parise?
  3. Speaking of defense, is anyone inclined to add to the offense this season?
  4. Heatley needs to find a groove. Does that start tonight?
  5. How good would Zach Parise look in Iron Range Red?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:

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