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Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game 23

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Colorado Avalanche (11-12-0) @ Minnesota Wild (14-7-1)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Colorado Avalanche

Veilleux - Koivu - Mittens
Brunette - Belanger - Nolan
Burns - Sheppard - Bouchard
Weller - Pouliot - Boogaard

Johnsson - Schultz
Zidlicky - Skoula
Reitz - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Smyuth - Stastny - Hejduk
Wolski - Arnason - Svatos
Willies - Hensick - LaPerriere
McLeod - McCormick - Jones

Clark - Hannan
Liles - Salei
Leopold - Tjarnqvist

Budaj
Raycroft


Injuries: Minnesota Wild

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Belanger leg 12.1.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marian Gaborik lower body 10.15.2008
Kurtis Foster left leg surgery 9.20.2008


Injuries: Colorado Avalanche

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ben Guite ribs 11.10.2008
Darcy Tucker sprained left knee 11.25.2008
Adam Foote back/neck 11.22.2008

Notes

  • The Wild have the top PK unit in the NHL, and the second PP unit. The Wild win the special teams battle on paper.
    Minnesota is 5-0-1 in the last six overall meetings, including a 3-1 victory at Colorado on Nov. 6.
  • Niklas Backstrom is 8-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .932 SV% in 10 starts against Colorado
  • With Darcy Tucker out, the Wild's knees should be safe tonight.
  • My AC adapter shorted out, so don't expect me to be online tonight. My phone died a week ago. The battery in my replacement phone died over the weekend and now my adapter for may laptop dies? My wife called me Dr. Doom. Blech.

Questions to Answer

  1. Can Mittens, Koivu and Nolan keep up their streaks?
    Did the day off against Nashville do Backstrom some good?
    Will the Wild get out of the fighting mentality they had against Nashville, or will LaPerriere find someone else to annoy since Gaborik is out?
    What impact will the C have on Johnsson?
    Can Brunette light up his former mates?