Minnesota Wild @ Buffalo Sabres: Game 74

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Minnesota Wild (31-32-10) vs Buffalo Sabres (36-29-10)

First Niagra Center @ 6:00 PM CDT
Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Buffalo perspective, check out Die By The Blade

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Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Erik Christensen
Stephane Veilleux - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Nate Prosser - Marco Scandella
Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert
Kurtis Foster - Steve Kampfer

Josh Harding
Matt Hackett

Ville Leino - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville
Corey Tropp - Cody Hodgson - Thomas Vanek
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Cody McCormick - Brad Boyes - Travis Turnbull

Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Sulzer
Andrej Sekera - Robyn Regehr
Jordan Leopold - Tyler Myers

Ryan Miller
Jhonas Enroth

There are a large number of Wild fans that, given the choice, would love to swap rosters with the Sabres. If they could bring along Mikko Koivu, that number significantly increases.

How the Sabres have continually found themselves struggling for their playoff lives is beyond me. They have talent seeping from their ears, and yet almost annually find a way to be on the bubble. Ryan Miller alone has to be good for about 20 wins a season, and yet here they are. Ninth place by virtue of a tie breaker. At some point, doesn't someone need to realize there is an issue and correct it?

No, I don't know what that issue is, but it's there.

As for the Wild, Backstrom stayed home, Hackett is up to backup Harding. A bit of line juggling on the blue line with the absense of Jared Spurgeon after that perfectly clean and acceptable hit by Alex Tanguay two nights ago. Foster finds his way back in the lineup, though if his back is still plaguing him, he and Kampfer could see limited minutes.

With the Sabres fighting for the playoffs, the Wild have a chance to play spoiler. With their stunning lack of offense, however, don't expect the Wild to feel like much of a threat to Miller. This one likely won't be ugly, but it likely doesn't go the way of the Wild.

Five Questions:

  1. Foster returns. How does he look?
  2. Can Koivu get himself on the board?
  3. Does Harding stay in his groove?
  4. If a train leaves Baltimore (headed East) at 9:00AM traveling at 75 MPH, and a plane leaves Bombay, India (headed Northwest) at 11:27 PM (local time) traveling at 249.73 MPH, how long would it take for someone to justify Chris Simon hacking Ryan Holwegg in the head by saying the Holwegg is four inches shorter than Simon?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:

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