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Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 16

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Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-2) @ Minnesota Wild (10-4-1)

Mellon Arena @ 6:00 CDT

Television: VS (HD)
Listen live on WCCO.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Pittsburgh perspective, check out Pensburgh.

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins

Nolan - Koivu - Bouchard
Brunette - Belanger - Burns
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Miettinen
Veilleux - Pouliot - Gillies

Reitz - Schultz
Bergeron - Skoula
Johnsson - Zidlicky

Harding
Backstrom

Talbot-Crosby-Satan
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Kennedy-Staal-Cooke
Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard

Orpik-Letang
Scuderi-Gill
Boucher-Goligoski

Sabourin
Curry

Notes

  • Marian Gaborik is still out with that lower body injury.
  • Third goalie Nolan Schaefer has been recalled from AHL Houston on an emergency basis. To make room, the Wild placed defenseman Tomas Mojzis on waivers, sources say.
  • Derek Boogaard, Craig Weller and Mojzis looked to be scratched.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury will not be in the lineup for the Penguins. Fleury is listed as day-to-day and a return date is unknown.
  • With Fleury out of the lineup, Dany Sabourin will make his first start at Mellon Arena against Minnesota. "We played a really good game last year against the Wild," Sabourin said. "It was really intense, like a playoff game. They trap, they crash the net hard and like to play behind the net. We have to be ready for that."
  • Grand Rapids' own Alex Goligoski is off to a hot start for the Pens, with 4 goals, 5 assists in 16 games on the blue line.
  • Pascal Dupuis will play against the Wild for the first time since the trade two seasons ago to the Rangers.
  • Mikko Koivu has a goal and assist in his last eight games, while MIttens has three assists in that span, although he scored the winning goal in Saturday's shootout.

Questions to Answer

  1. Can anyone contain the quick, young talent of the Penguins?
  2. Will Burns be up or back?
  3. Will the Wild try to skate with the Pens, or bottle them up? East v. West, which style will win?
  4. Will they stop Evgeni Malkin, who has a 13-game point and assist streak?
  5. Will Cal Clutterbuck pass out in his own vomit tonight, on this, his 21st birthday?

Ok folks, have a great night! I'll be out with the misses for our 8th anniversary, and will speak to you on the other side of the evening.