Minnesota Wild (37-32-8) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (42-24-11)
Xcel Energy Center @ 1:00 PM CDT
Television: FSN (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com, or locally at WCCO.com
For the Tampa Bay perspective, check out Raw Charge
||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Finally. A chance to try those new Kayem Foods hot dogs. I've been craving one of those things ever since I heard they were the new official hot dog of both the Lightning AND the Boston Red Sox. It took until the end of the year, but the Bolts are finally in town, and I get to have one of these wonderful hot dogs.
Wait... I'm being told that the Lightning do not bring their official hot dogs on the road with them, and I will have to suffice with the same food at the X as normal. Well now. This day was just ruined completely. Dang it.
Oh well, moving forward, right? The Wild get the Bolts today, a team already in the playoffs, and sporting some highly dangerous players. There is Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier, and of course, Ohlund. Three of them will score at will, one of them will just break your leg with a two handed chop with his stick. I'll let you sort out which is which.
Coming into this one, it is tricky to know if the Wild have a chance. One, the Bolts could be on a roll, headed into the playoffs and steamroll the much, much weaker Wild team. Or, the Bolts could limit the minutes of the big guns to protect them from a meaning game injury and rest them for the playoffs. If that is the case, the Wild may be able to contend in this one.
Other notes - Maxim Noreau and Justin Falk are up, as three players for the Wild are "questionable." No one big, really. Just Brent Burns, Nick Schultz, and Marke Zidlicky. No big deal. If those three cannot play, the Wild will skate five rookie d-men today. Think they have a chance?
- Is Steven Stamkos the best player in the league?
- How about a UFA show tonight? Anyone care to earn some money?
- How does Roli the Goalie look at 527 years old?
- With a potential 5 rookie defensive corps, does Backstrom have to stop 80 shots tonight?
- It's "Hockey Night at the Hive." Will you stick around for the Swarm game?