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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars: Game 16

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Minnesota Wild (5-10-0) @ Dallas Stars (6-3-6)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: KSTCRadio: WCCO on CBS radio.

For the Dallas perspective, check out Defending Big D Game Preview

Minnesota Wild

Dallas Stars

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Petr Sykora - Eric Belanger - Martin Havlat
Chuck Kobasew - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Derek Boogaard - James Sheppard - Owen Nolan

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Shane Hnidy - John Scott

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Jamie Benn
Fabien Brunnstrom - Brad Richards - Loui Eriksson
Francis Wathier - Mike Modano - Toby Petersen
Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Jere Lehtinen

Stephane Robidas - Niklas Grossman
Karlis Skrastins - Matt Niskanen
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric

Alex Auld
Marty Turco

Questions to Answer

  1. The trend of backups playing against the Wild seems to have begun, with Alex Auld getting the start over Marty Turco. Can the Wild take advantage of this?
  2. Will Michael Russo's ripping of Brent Burns have a positive effect on Burns' performance?
  3. Can Kyle Brodziak continue his solid play of the past few games?
  4. Will Owen Nolan break out and start scoring down low again?
  5. With leading scorer James Neal out injured, can the Wild keep the Stars offense in check?