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Minnesota Wild @ Calgary Flames: Game 35

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Minnesota Wild (17-15-2) vs. Calgary Flames (20-11-4)

Pengrowth Saddledome @ 8:00 CST

Television: KSTC (12/45)
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Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Calgary Flames

Brunette - Koivu - Bouchard
Miettinen - Belanger - Veilleux
Sheppard - Pouliot - Clutterbuck
Kolanos - Gillies - Boogaard

Burns - Schultz
Zidlicky - Skoula


Cammalleri - Conroy - Iginla
Bertuzzi - Langkow - Lundmark
Borque - Lombardi - Moss
Nystrom - Boyd - Roy

Phaneuf - Giordano
Regehr - Aucoin
Sarich - Pardy


Minnesota Wild Injuries

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

Calgary Flames Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rhett Warrener shoulder 10.9.2008
James Vandermeer broken left ankle 11.11.2008
Brandon Prust broken jaw 12.6.2008

  • The Wild hasn't won on the road since a 6-2 victory at Nashville on Nov. 29, and has been outscored 15-6 in its last five contests away from home.
  • The Wild’s 8 game winless streak against the Western Conference (0-7-1) is the second longest such streak in team history.
  • The Wild has allowed the game’s first goal in 10 straight games
  • Calgary is 11-4-3 at the Saddledome this season.
  • Rene Bourque has four goals with an assist in his last three games.
  • Kim Johnsson returned to Minnesota today to deal with a family emergency.
  • John Scott missed his connection at Minneapolis to Calgary, so the Wild is shorthanded.
  • Risebrough on not carrying an extra defenseman: "Sometimes this can happen in the first shift of the game, too. That’s the way it is."

    Risebrough on Johnsson: "It’s legitimate and it’s personal and he just has to try to resolve something. He’s personally OK."

From Russo's Rants
Risebrough on whether he needs to "shake up" this roster with a trade: "I don’t see a lot of big options there. It’s obviously the manager’s job to search for those things, but at the end of the day, there’s no one thing that’s going to make things significantly better because of [certain] factors – some guys are hurt, we have some long-term objectives. That’s the way it is. Some guys we want to play so that they can get better by the game. Those players aren’t going to be gone. There’s no doubt you can look for changes, but I’m not sure that there’s a big significant change that’s going to make a significant difference. We just have to play better."
Questions to Answer
  1. Will the defense be run ragged tonight with only 5 guys?
  2. Can they bounce back from a horrible performance against Chicago?
  3. Is this team in disarray? DR seems to think not, but many in the team of 18,000 disagree.
  4. The Wild shut down Iginla last time, will he rebound?
  5. Over/Under on Burns' TOI - 29:36