Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 50 Thread

Lineups

Mikko Koivu, Jared Spurgeon, Zach Parise, and Josh Harding are still out with injury, with all of them making progress. These are the expected lineups for tonight:

Expected Line-Ups

Minnesota Wild

Nino NiederreiterMikael GranlundJason Pominville

Dany HeatleyCharlie CoyleJason Zucker

Matt CookeKyle BrodziakJustin Fontaine

Stephane VeilleuxErik HaulaTorrey Mitchell

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Ryan SuterJonas Brodin

Marco ScandellaNate Prosser

Clayton Stoner - Keith Ballard

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Darcy Kuemper

Niklas Backstrom


Edmonton Oilers

Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsSam Gagner

Nail YakupovMark ArcobelloJordan Eberle

David PerronBoyd GordonAles Hemsky

Matt HendricksRyan SmythRyan Jones

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Andrew FerenceJustin Schultz

Nick SchultzAnton Belov

Jeff PetryMartin Marincin

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Ben Scrivens

Ilya Bryzgalov


For more Wild notes and stats for tonight's game, as well as some Q&A time with Ryan Batty from The Copper & Blueclick here.

Recently...

Edmonton has lost 5 of their last 7 games, giving up 5 goals in every loss, and most recently fell to Dallas 5-2 on Tuesday. The Wild also suffered a 3-goal loss Tuesday, being toppled by Ottawa. However, they've fared better as of late, with that defeat following a stretch where the Wild have won 5 out of 6 games.

Records

The Wild are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a 25-19-5 record (55 points). The Oilers are trying to get the fourth #1 overall pick in the last 5 years, and have a good shot at it seeing as they're last in the Western Conference with a 15-29-5 record. Yeesh.

Who to Root For Tonight

Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars

New Jersey Devils @ Colorado Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks @ Phoenix Coyotes.

Los Angeles KingsSt. Louis Blues

Five Questions

1. Zach Parise will be out for at least another game. Can the Mayor of Pominville and his juvenile residents hold down the fort one more game?

2. Darcy Kuemper has been red hot in his last three appearances for the Wild, 91 of 95 shots, raising his Sv% from .633 to .913 in the process. Can he keep it up?

3. Can Jonas Brodin, Ryan Suter, and the Wild defense contain the offensive prowress of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and company?

4. Will the Wild still continue to not regret jettisoning Nick Schultz?

5. Will Ben Scrivens look like a good acquisition or bad tonight?

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