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Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers: Game 6

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Minnesota Wild (1-4-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (3-2-1)

Rexall Place @ 8:00 CDT

Television:KSTC
Audio from tonight's game will be streamed live via WCCO on CBS radio.

For the Edmonton perspective, check out The Copper & Blue

Wild.com Game Preview

Preview of the Oilers by The Copper & Blue's very own Derek Zona

The Oilers broken and battered, helter-skelter hockey show rolls into Minnesota after being outplayed in Chicago. The Oilers are being outshot, outchanced and outplayed, but they aren't being outworked, which is keeping the fanbase happy. The team is suffering injuries much like Minnesota with Sheldon Souray, Steve Staios, Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot all out. Ethan Moreau is fighting an ankle injury and Lubomir Visnovsky still has yet to fully recover from his shoulder surgery. If you are a veteran in an Oiler uniform, you are probably hurt. To cover for the injuries, Pat Quinn is leaning heavily on Denis Grebeshkov, Tom Gilbert and Shawn Horcoff. The first line has yet to show up, and J.F. Jacques looks more culpable. Pat Quinn gave him a chance on the first line, but he looks more like a 4th liner at this point. Nikolai Khabibulin seems to be getting stronger, and the game-losing gaffes are in the rear-view mirror.

Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers

Forwards
Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Kyle Brodziak - James Sheppard - Owen Nolan
Benoit Pouliot - Eric Belanger - Nathan Smith
Jaime Sifers - Andy Hilbert - Derek Boogaard

Defense
Nick Schultz - Marek Zidlicky
Greg Zanon - Brent Burns
Shane Hnidy - Kim Johnsson

Goalies
Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Forwards
Jean-Francois Jacques - Shawn Horcoff - Robert Nilsson
Ryan Stone - Sam Gagner - Patrick O'Sullivan
Mike Comrie - Gilbert Brule - Dustin Penner
Ethan Moreau - Andrew Cogliano - Zack Stortini

Defense
Denis Grebeshkov - Tom Gilbert
Ladislav Smid - Lubomir Visnovsky
Jason Strudwick - Steve MacIntyre

Goalies
Nikolai Khabibulin
Jeff Deslauriers

Notes:

  • Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was 4-1 in his five starts against the Oilers last season.
  • Kyle Brodziak will play his first game against his old squad "Heck yeah, there’s extra motivation. In fact, my plan is to score three goals and then skate to center ice and spike my stick on their logo."
  • Former Wild prospect, Patrick O'Sullivan, is off to a nice start, with 1 goal, 3 assists in 6 games.
  • Ales Hemsky and Steve Staios have been listed as "Out"

Questions to Answer

  1. Which inconsistent, injured team can prevail?
    Does the closed-door meeting after the first period in Anaheim have an effect?
    Can any of the forwards find the defensive zone with GPS?
    If Havlat is healthy enough to play tonight, will he be benched again for half-assing it?
    Does anyone miss Marian? I do.