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Minnesota Wild vs. Ottawa Senators: Game 55

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Ottawa Senators (20-25-8) @ Minnesota Wild (28-23-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:05 CST

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

For the Ottawa perspective, check out Sens Army

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Ottawa Senators

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

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Zidlicky
Skoula - Bergeron

Harding
Backstrom

Heatley - Spezza - Aflredsson
Foligno - Fisher - Shannon
Ruutu - Vermette - Kelly
Winchester - McAmmond - Donovan

Phillips - Volchenkov
Kuba - Lee
Smith - Bell

Elliott
Auld

NOTES:

  • Ottawa will try to win four straight games for the first time in more than a year
  • The Senators have not been in St. Paul for over three years, last defeating the Wild 6-1 on Jan. 16, 2006.
    In fact, the Wild haven't played Ottawa at all since losing 5-3 in Ottawa on Nov 20, 2006.

Questions to Answer

  1. Can the Wild shut-down the Heatley - Spezza - Aflredsson line?
    With this being a battle of two of the lowest scoring offenses in the NHL, I'm putting the over/under of total goals at 4. Which do you take?
    Will the home-town crowd even react to Filip Kuba coming back?
    Is Brian Elliott cut out to be an NHL goalie?
    Can the Senators just leave Jason Spezza here and take Niklas Backstrom and/or Kim Johnsson with them?