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Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres: Game 5

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Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) @ Minnesota Wild (4-0-0)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CDT

Television: KSTC (45/12)
Listen live on
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For the Buffalo perspective, check out Die by the Blade.

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Buffalo Sabres

Brunette - Koivu - Miettinen
Veilleux - Belanger - Bouchard
Gilles - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Weller - Pouliot - Boogaard

Schultz - Burns
Bergeron - Skoula
Johnsson - Zidlicky


Daniel Paille - Clarke MacArthur - Jason Pominville
Thomas Vanek - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Ales Kotalik - Adam Mair - Maxim Afinogenov
Andrew Peters - Matt Ellis - Patrick Kaleta

Toni Lydman - Henrik Tallinder
Nathan Paetsch - Teppo Numminen
Jaroslav Spacek - Andrej Sekera

Ryan Miller
Patrick Lalime


  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard is back and Marek Zidlicky will make his Wild debut tonight.
  • Owen Nolan skated this morning and is close, but he won’t play. Jacques Lemaire said the team doesn’t want to take the risk, but he will play Saturday vs. Columbus.
  • Marek Zidlicky will likely play for Erik Reitz tonight and Pierre-Marc Bouchard will play for Tomas Mojzis or Cal Clutterbuck, Lemaire said

Questions to Answer

  1. Will Thomas Vanek stay on his hot streak?
  2. Can Backstrom survive the Buffalo onslaught?
  3. When will this team finally get healthy?
    Will tonight be the night the PK finally gives one up?
  4. Can the PP bounce back?
  5. Will Jacques have a heart attack while yelling at the kids? says it's all about Ryan Miller. I tend to disagree. If you ask me, it's all about the Finns and Vanek.