Minnesota Wild @ Dallas Stars: Game Preview

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Hello there, Wilderness!

So here we are once again, playing the team we love to hate (mostly because they took it from us), the Dallas Stars.

Speaking of getting the North Stars taken away in '93, the 16th anniversary of name of this team, the Minnesota Wild, is coming up (it's tomorrow, the 22nd to be exact).

As you all should know, the Wild name was officially unveiled in 1998, but they didn't start playing in the NHL until the 2000-01 season.

Just thought I would share that tidbit of information with you since one of my fellow writers thought it would be appropriate to add since tomorrow, January 22nd, is the 16th anniversary of the Wild name.

Anniversaries aside, let's get into the more important thing at hand, the Wild's game tonight.

As I said before, your Minnesota Wild clash with the Dallas Stars once again (this time in Dallas), completing this home-and-home.  When the Wild played them this past Saturday at home on Hockey Day Minnesota, the Wild came out victorious 3-2 in a tough game in which the Stars dominated in the shots department (35-19), but the Wild had the better of the play.

Here's the latest from Michael Russo and Chad Graff:

@russostrib: "Health issues to Backstrom, Harding keep Wild's goaltending in flux; Parise closing in on a return "

@ChadGraff: "The Wild are left to decide how to respond to Jamie Benn's high hit on Matt Cooke. ", "Josh Harding is ill and Niklas Backstrom received another injection. Means the Wild continue to ride Darcy Kuemper. "

Here is the expected lineup for tonight's game:

(from Wild.com)

Expect the forward lines to remain the same:

Heatley-Coyle-Zucker
Niederreiter-Granlund-Pominville
Cooke-Brodziak-Fontaine
Mitchell-Haula-Veilleux

Things look to stay the same on the blue line unless Blum is in:
Suter-Brodin
Scandella-Prosser
Stoner-Ballard

Can the Wild complete a clean sweep of the Stars tonight for the conclusion of this home-and-home?  Find out tonight at 7 on NBCSN or 100.3 KFAN.

Enjoy the game tonight, Wilderness!

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