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Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders: Game 31

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Minnesota Wild (15-13-2) vs. New York Islanders (10-18-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: KSTC (45/12)
Listen live on WCCO.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Islanders perspective, check out Lighthouse Hockey

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

New York Islanders

Brunette - Koivu - Mittens
Gaborik - Sheppard - Veilleux
Bouchard - Gillies - Kolanos
Clutterbuck - Pouliot - Boogaard

Johnsson - Schultz
Zidlicky - Burns
Skoula - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Bergenheim - Weight - Guerin
Hilbert - Bailey - Hunter
Comeau - Park - Sim
Jackman - Walter - Okposo

Witt - Streit
Campoli - Meyer
Sutton - Pock

MacDonald
Danis


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marian Gaborik undisclosed 12.19.2008

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Belanger illness 12.19.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurtis Foster left leg surgery 9.20.2008
Owen Nolan right leg 12.6.2008


New York Islanders Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Sillinger strained groin 12.19.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Comrie right hip inflammation 11.4.2008
Radek Martinek right shoulder 12.5.2008
Rick DiPietro knee surgery 10.30.2008
Nate Thompson broken ankle 12.16.2008
Frans Nielsen right leg 11.22.2008
Bruno Gervais leg 11.24.2008
Kyle Okposo sprained right wrist 11.19.2008


Holy crap! Look at those injuries! How on earth do they even field a complete team?

Notes
  • Marian Gaborik, "If I would need to rest it, I’d definitely consider it. But I’m playing tonight and hopefully everything’s going to be good."
  • Eric Belanger is out . Krys Kolanos will take his spot. Colton Gillies is in and if Gaborik can’t play, then Weller will.
  • Kyle Okposo is indeed expected to play tonight.
  • Mike Comrie is set to return to the lineup after missing the past 17 games with a hip injury.
  • Russo says Lemaire is unavailable as is Risebrough. Is a move in the works? Rosters lock tonight at midnight tonight for a week.
  • The Islanders have allowed an NHL-worst 115 goals.
Questions to Answer
  1. Does Gaborik play? If he does, will he be tentative?
  2. With Kolanos, Gillies, Clutterbuck and Pouliot all in the lineup, will the youth movement prevail?
  3. Should Reitz be the odd man out?
  4. When the team giving up the most goals plays the team scoring the least amount of goals, can the anemic offense get the boost they require?
  5. Is a trade actually in the works?
Mario Trembley Interview


Marian Gaborik Interview


Pierre-Marc Bouchard Interview


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