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Minnesota Wild @ Columbus Blue Jackets: Game 41

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Columbus Blue Jackets (19-18-4) vs Minnesota Wild (20-17-3)

Nationwide Arena @ 6:00 CST

Television: KSTC (12/45)
Radio: Listen Live

For the Columbus perspective, check out Light the Lamp

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Columbus Blue Jackets

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Nolan - Belanger - Bouchard
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Veilleux
Kolanos - Pouliot - Weller

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Scott

Harding
Backstrom

Modin - Umberger - Huselius
Murray - Malhotra - Voracek
MacDonald - Peca - Dorsett
Mayorov - Filatov -Boll

Commodore - Hejda
Backman - Russell
Methot - Tyutin

Mason
LaCosta

NOTES:

  • Steve Mason leads the league with 6 shutouts.
  • The Blue Jackets went 4-2 on their recent road trip, including last night's 3-0 shutout of the Capitals.
    Kristian Huselius is back for his first game following a concussion.
    Every Wild player got his own room in Columbus hotel Thursday and Friday night to avoid further spreading of the flu going around the team.
  • Nobody missed practice, and Skoula should be back in the lineup.
  • Brunette has one goal and three assists in his past 16 games. Koivu has one goal and seven assists in his past 15 games.
  • The Wild has scored the fewest goals in the NHL. They've scored 27 goals in the last 16 games

Questions to Answer

  1. Can Brunette and Koivu get back on the scoring train?
    Will the power play bounce back from a dreadful performance?
    Does Backstrom get his hot hand going again?
    Will it be Gillies or Pouliot tonight?
    Can they pull their heads out in the offensive zone? The skating hard is there, the scoring talent isn't.