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Minnesota Wild @ Phoenix Coyotes: Game 27

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Minnesota Wild (15-10-1) @ Phoenix Coyotes (13-13-2)

Jobing.com Arena @ 8:00 CST

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

For the Phoenix perspective, check out Five for Howling

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Phoenix Coyotes

Veilleux - Koivu - Mittens
Brunette - Gillies - Bouchard
Burns - Sheppard - Gilles
Weller - Pouliot - Boogaard

Johnsson - Schultz
Zidlicky - Skoula
Reitz - Bergeron

Harding
Backstrom

Boedker - Jokinen - Mueller
Doan - Turris - Carcillo
Winnik - Hanzal - Tikhonov
Fedoruk - Reinprecht - Porter

Jovanovski - Morris
Sauer - Hale
Klee - Michalek

Bryzgalov
Tellqvist


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Owen Nolan right leg 12.11.2008

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


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mikael Tellqvist lower body 12.11.2008

Notes

  • Krys Kolanos was returned to Houston and Owen Nolan is not on the trip.
    Wild All-Time Record vs. Phoenix: 15-10-5 (7-6-2 at Jobing.com Arena)
  • The Wild have beaten Phoenix in 9 straight
  • Olli Jokinen, Phoenix's second-leading scorer with 20 points in 22 games, missed six straight with a shoulder injury before returning Wednesday night.
  • Niklas Backstrom won all eight of his career games against the Coyotes with three shutouts and a 1.13 goals-against average.
  • Gaborik has missed 24 straight games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Questions to Answer

  1. Can the Wild offense turn around?
    Will the time off do the offense good?
    Can we get Burnsie back to the blue line again please?
    Will the special teams once again save the Wild?
    Will Niklas Backstrom get on a hot streak again, heading into a West coast swing?