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Minnesota Wild @ Detroit Red Wings: Game 54

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Detroit Red Wings (36-11-7) @ Minnesota Wild (28-22-3)

Joe Louis Arena @ 6:30 CST

Television: FSN (HD)
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
Fritsche - Gillies - Olvecky

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Zidlicky
Skoula - Bergeron

Harding
Backstrom

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Cleary
Leino - Filppula - Hossa
Hudler - Helm - Samuelsson
Maltby - Draper - Kopecky

Kronwall - Lidstrom
Lilja - Rafalski
Meech - Lilja

Osgood
Conklin

NOTES:

  • The Red Wings amassed a season-high 51 shots in a 5-3 win over Nashville on Tuesday.
  • Zetterberg has six goals and four assists in a seven-game streak against the Wild, in which the Red Wings are 5-0-2.
  • Detroit is 9-0-2 in 10 meetings with Minnesota since a 4-2 home loss on Jan. 3, 2006.
  • The Wild are looking to win three straight for the first time since Nov. 13-18.
  • The Red Wings have not lost in regulation to Minnesota since falling 4-2 at Joe Louis on Jan. 3, 2006.

Questions to Answer

  1. Will Bouchard score tonight? The Wild are 30-3-1 in the last 34 games in which Bouchard tallies a goal.
    Can Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette continue to play a solid role and provide veteran leadership against the red-hot Red Wings?
    Will the Wild go into a defensive shell, and play counter-attack, or try to take the game to the Wings?
    Will Chris Osgood's return to the net prove to be a mistake for Babcock's club?
    Ultimately, can the Wild break out of the slump at Joe Louis Arena, and finally win for the first time in over 3 years there?