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Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks: Game 44

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Minnesota Wild (22-19-3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (25-10-8)

United Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Chicago Blackhawks

Miettinen - Koivu - Bouchard
Nolan - Belanger - Veilleux
Gillies - Kolanos - Clutterbuck
Boogaard - Sheppard - Irmen

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Versteeg - Toews - Byfuglien
Brouwer - Sharp - Kane
Ladd - Bolland - Havlat
Eager - Fraser - Burish

Wisniewski - Seabrook
Johnson - Campbell
Walker - Barker

Khabibulin
Huet

Notes

  • General Manager Doug Risebrough said the team does not plan on calling anyone up today.
  • With only 21 active players on the trip, if Brunette is not able to extend his NHL leading 497 consecutive games played streak tomorrow and the Wild does not recall anyone from Houston, the team would dress seven defensemen.
  • EDIT (1/19 5:10 pm) Former Gopher Danny Irmen has been recalled from Houston Aeros to replace injured Andrew Brunette. Irmen has 4 goals this yr.
  • Kurtis Foster is also on his first road trip of the season, but he will not play Monday

Questions to Answer

  1. Which Wild team shows up? The one from Saturday or last week?
    Will Brunette continue the streak?
    Can Toews and Kane be held in check?
    Do Mikko's words after the 12/26 game come back to haunt him?
    Do Gillies and Sheppard learn from Pouliot's mistakes?