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Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers: Game 48

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Minnesota Wild (24-20-3) vs. Edmonton Oilers (24-20-3)

Rexall Place @ 8:00 CST

Television: FSN
Listen live on WCCO.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Oilers perspective, check out Lowetide

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Nolan - Belanger - Bouchard
Veilleux - Clutterbuck - Boogaard
Olvecky - Sheppard - Fritsche

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Penner - Horcoff - Hemsky
Nilsson - Potulny - Cole
Moreau - Cogliano - Pouliot
McIntyre - Brodziak - Reddox

Souray - Gilbert
Grebeshkov - Visnovsky
Smid - Staios

Roloson
Drouin-Deslauriers

Notes

  • The Oilers lost 10-2 to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
    Niklas Backstrom is 10-0-0 lifetime vs. the Oilers and is 7-3-0 with a 1.86 GAA in his last 10 starts.
  • The Wild are last in the NHL in even strength goals, averaged 2.4 goals overall in its first 41 games this season but has averaged 3.8 in the last six.
    Minnesota's six even strength goals on Tuesday matched a season high.
  • Roloson is 5-11-2 with a 3.00 GAA and a .889 SV% in 18 starts against the Wild.
  • Ales Hemsky was named the NHL's "Third Star" for the week ending January 25th

Questions to Answer

  1. Can Backstrom continue his dominance over the Oilers?
    Were the 6 goals against Toronto a mirage, or a sign of things to come?
    How will Dan Fritsche and Peter Olvecky fit?
    Will Bouchard build on a strong game against the Maple Leafs?
    Can the Wild get to Roli early and give him the boot like the Sabres did?
  2. Who will Sheldon Souray try to kill tonight, yet be given a heart pat on the back from the idiots in Toronto?