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Minnesota Wild vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Game 47

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Minnesota Wild (23-20-3) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-22-8)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the Toronto perspective, check out Pension Plan Puppets. We're going to live blog the game at their place for the first period, then all come over here for the second period. Please be polite and read their post on today's game.

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Toronto Maple Leafs

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

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Ponikarovsky - Stajan - Antropov
Blake - Moore - Stempniak
May - Grabovski - Kulemin
Hollweg - Mitchell - Mayers

Kaberle - Kubina
White - Schenn
Frogren - Stralman

Pogge
Toskala

Notes

  • Andrew Brunette will be playing in his 500th consecutive game tonight.
  • This is only the third time the Maple Leafs have visited the Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Wild are in ninth place in the Western Conference, just two points shy of a playoff spot.
  • Wild defense is tops in the Western Conference with 107 goals allowed.
  • The Wild have scored the second-fewest goals in the West with 117.
  • Owen Nolan had a team-high six goals during the last 11 games.
  • Minnesota plays eight of their next 11 at home, where they are 13-9-3.

Questions to Answer

  1. The Wild are good against good teams and bad against bad teams. Does it continue?
  2. Will Owen Nolan continue to play well?
  3. Did the break help the team get their heads in order?
  4. Will Backstrom have the All-Star hangover?
  5. Is Brian Burke the epitome of evil?