Minnesota Wild @ Detroit Red Wings: Game 65

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Minnesota Wild (28-26-10) vs Detroit Red Wings (42-19-3)

Joe Lewis Arena @ 6:30 PM CST
Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging It In Motown

Minnesota Wild Detroit Red Wings

Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Palmieri
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Stephane Veilleux - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Tom Gilbert
Nate Prosser - Kurtis Foster

Josh Harding
Matt Hackett

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler
Danny Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Todd Bertuzzi
Andrew Miller - Darren Helm - Johan Franzen
Tomas Holmstrom - Cory Emmerton - Jan Mursak

Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Kyle Quincey - Ian White
Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Joey MacDonald

Hey, remember that time the Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings? Yeah, and then the Wild went in the toilet, and the Red Wings went on to win 462 games in a row at home? Yeah. Great times.

If the past week has been any indication, the Wild are in some serious trouble tonight. Blown out by the Kings, struggled to get a point against the hapless Habs, and now staring down the barrel of a loaded .45 magnum. Not a fun position to be in.

Add to it the loss of Niklas Backstrom last night to an injury that will (in all honesty) cost him the rest of his season, and it has all the makings of a death march into hockey hell. I mean, heck, the loss of Backstrom's contributions to the Corsi numbers alone is going to be a huge loss.

Wait.

To be honest, there aren't many people giving the Wild much of a shot tonight. Look at the lineups above. Now look at the wall. Now back to the lineups. Back to the wall. Lineups. Wall. Now... stand up slowly, and go bang your head (gently now) against the wall. It's good to be the underdog, but remember, most of the time, the underdog gets run over by the semi-truck.

Of course, if we believe the new faction of people in the comment section, the Wild will be just fine as soon as the one week grace period expires. Can't wait.

Five Questions:

  1. How do the Wild respond to losing Backstrom?
  2. Can the Wild escape without looking silly?
  3. Any chance the Wild want to play some defense?
  4. Paging new guys... new guys... you have a phone call waiting at the front desk. Anyone want to answer?
  5. Any pride to be found in Detroit?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:


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