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Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game 37

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Detroit Red Wings (25-7-5) @ Minnesota Wild (18-16-2)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging it in Motown

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Detroit Red Wings

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

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Reitz - Scott

Harding
Backstrom

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Hossa
Holstrom - Draper - Samuelsson
Maltby - Franzen - Kopecky
Hudler - Filppula - Cleary

Lebda - Lidstrom
Chelios - Rafalski
Meech - Lilja

Osgood
Hasek

NOTES:

  • The Wild dropped into last place in the Northwest after losing 10 of 14 games (4-9-1) in December.
  • Pavel Datsyuk, who leads the Red Wings with 26 assists and 42 points, has eight goals and nine assists during a season-high nine-game point streak.
  • Detroit is 8-0-2 in 10 meetings with Minnesota since a 4-2 home loss on Jan. 3, 2006.
  • The Red Wings are 6-0-1 at Xcel Energy Center since the teams played to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 15, 2003.
  • Minnesota's defense is tied with East-leading Boston, allowing a league-low 84 goals.
  • Marian Gaborik was officially placed on the IR to make room for John Scott.
  • Marek Zidlicky, who has been ill the past few days, was back on the ice this morning.

Questions to Answer

  1. Will the return of the C to Mikko Koivu's sweater matter at all?
    Does Marian Gaborik's injury situation being identified help the team move on and get past it?
    Can they build on a nice showing against San Jose and get the new month started on the right foot?
  2. Do Lidstrom and Chelios play a bigger role in today's game than they did in the Winter Classic?
  3. With Gaborik going out, is there any way they can make a move?