Minnesota Wild @ Detroit Red Wings: Game 29

Rich Lam

"Rivalry" Night is back in full swing with the Wild taking on the Wings tonight


Minnesota Wild (16-10-2)


Detroit Red Wings (14-10-5)

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

For the Red Wings perspective, check out Winging it in Motown

Minnesota Wild Detroit Red Wings

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Devin Setoguchi - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Jason Zucker - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon
Nate Prosser - Justin Falk

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner
Justin Abdelkader - Pavel Datsyuk - Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Daniel Cleary
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Brian Lashoff - Brendan Smith
Jakub Kindl - Ian White

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Tonight's game features two teams that are fighting for points. The Wild need two points to reclaim the solo lead in the NW, and 3rd place in the division. The Red Wings need two points to keep their playoff hopes alive, and try to reclaim 2nd in their division. Minnesota is coming off it's first 3 game winning streak of the season, and certainly have the hot hand at the moment. Last time these two teams met, the Wild walked away with 2pts. All signs look to the Wild winning this match up, but the Red Wings aren't going to make this an easy match.

Five Questions:

  1. The last time the Wild played in Detroit, Jonas Brodin made his Wild debut and made sure Wild fans noticed him by defending very well against the likes of Zetterburg, Datsyuk and Franzen. What does the rookie phenom have up his sleeves tonight?
  2. Backstrom was solid against the Canucks, but has been a work horse all season with relatively few games off. How does he hold up tonight?
  3. Gilbert and Rupp are out again tonight (Stupid Avs). The Wild held it together in Vancouver with the line/partner changes, can they do it again?
  4. Last meet up at Joe Louis Arena had Russo almost combusting over bad internet access/his hate for Detroit. How does he handle his return trip?
  5. Do the Wild continue their great playmaking?
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