Minnesota Wild @ Dallas Stars: Game 61

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Minnesota Wild (27-24-9) vs Dallas Stars (31-26-4)

American Airlines Center @ 7:30 PM CST
Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Dallas perspective, check out Defending Big D

Minnesota Wild Dallas Stars

Devin Setoguchi - Kyle Brodziak - Dany Heatley
Nick Johnson - Matt Cullen - Darroll Powe
Chad Rau - Erik Christensen - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Kassian - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nate Prosser - Nick Schultz

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Ryan Garbutt - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Trevor Daley
Mark Fistric - Stephane Robidas
Sheldon Souray - Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Two game winning streak, meet the black hole.

The Wild are playing well, despite the trials fo the past two and a half months, they have a winning streak going. Now, they run face first into the Dallas Stars. In Dallas. Where they have not won for nine years. To put that into perspective, gas was $1.72 a gallon the last time the Wild won in Dallas.

Both teams come in on the back side of a back to back. The Wild, of course, won in Florida, while Dallas lost to the Blackhawks. What this does to the goalie match up will not be known until too close to the game, so we'll just roll with the likely starters.

The Wild would really like to build on the winning streak, and make it oh so much more difficult on Chuck Fletcher to go into full sales mode on Monday. The Wild sit just three points out of the play off race, behind, of all teams, Dallas. That said, Colorado, LA, and Calgary all sit ahead of the Wild to get into that playoff spot. As you should all know, LA made a big move to get better. Will the others follow?

With the way the Wild have played in the past two games, they look like they could beat anyone. All this without Mikko Koivu. A team that has found a way to win against its nature? That could be fun to watch for the rest of the season. A win in Dallas would go a very long way to bulding up their confidence and giving them a big push toward the... gulp... playoffs.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the winning streak continue?
  2. Is the curse broken?
  3. Does the team continue to rally around each other and win sans Koivu?
  4. At the end of this one, buyers or sellers?
  5. Does Eric Nystrom find a new way to dominate his old team?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:


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