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Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues: Game 24

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St. Louis Blues (10-10-2) @ Minnesota Wild (14-8-1)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the St. Louis perspective, check out St. Louis Game Time

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

St. Louis Blues

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

Reitz - Schultz
Bergeron - Skoula
Johnsson - Zidlicky

Harding
Backstrom

Tkachuk - Stastny - Boyes
Perron - McClement - Colaiacovo
Berglund - Winchester - Backes
Crombeen - Regier - Paddock

Jackman - Polak
Brewer - Woywitka
McKee - Steen

Mason
Legace


Injuries: Minnesota Wild

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: St. Louis Blues

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dan Hinote lower body 11.13.2008
T.J. Oshie high ankle sprain 11.2.2008
Paul Kariya hip flexor/foot 11.6.2008
Andy McDonald broken left ankle 11.17.2008
Erik Johnson right knee surgery 9.23.2008
D.J. King shoulder surgery 10.22.2008

NOTES:

  • Backstrom is 2-4-0 with a 3.57 GAA in his last six starts
  • Minnesota has scored 22 goals in its last five games
  • Mikko Koivu has four goals and five assists during a five-game point streak
  • Speaking of streaks, Owen Nolan says he's feeling much more comfortable in the Wild's system, as evidenced by his four game goal scoring streak
  • Marian Gaborik skated for 45 minutes before the team this morning

Questions to Answer

  1. Can Nolan and Koivu keep their streaks in tact?
    Will the Wild get back to playing a strong forechecking, backchecking and defensive game?
    Can Backstrom shake off whatever has been affecting him in his last six starts?
    Will being scratched twice get Clutterbuck in the mood to provide energy?
    Can tonight be the night that Boogaard's strong play in the offensive zone pays off?

Jacques Lemaire Pre-game Interview

Niklas Backstrom Pre-game Interview

Marc-Andre Bergeron Pre-game Interview