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Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators: Game 51

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Minnesota Wild (26-21-3) vs. Nashville Predators (24-24-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

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

For the Nashville perspective, check out Preds on the Glass

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Nashville Predators

Mittenen - Koivu - Bouchard
Veilleux - Belanger - Brunette
Fritsche - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Boogaard - Gillies - Olvecky

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Dumont - Arnott - Erat
Pihlstrom - Legwand - Ward
Smithson - Bonk - Tootoo
Tarnavsky - Nichol - Peverly

Weber - Suter
Hamhuis - Zanon
de Vries - Koistinen

Rinne
Ellis

Notes

  • The Wild have outscored their opponents 31-20 in the last nine games.
  • Koivu has scored in two straight games while posting nine points in his last six.
  • Bouchard has three goals and six assists in his last four games.
  • Owen Nolan and Craig Weller are out with injuries.

Questions to Answer

  1. Does Backstrom stay in the zone?
    Can the Wild get to Pekka Rinne?
  2. Will Bergeron maintain his solid offensive play, stifling discussion of his defensive issues?
    Can Bouchard continue to keep putting the pressure on in the offensive zone?
    Will the Wild maintain their solid play since the break?