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Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game 73

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Minnesota Wild (33-30-8) vs. Edmonton Oilers (35-27-9)

Xcel Energy Center @ 2:00 CDT

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

For the Oilers perspective, check out Lowetide

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers

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

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Nilsson - Horcoff - Hemsky
Moreau - Brodziak - Penner
O'Sullivan - Gagner - Kotalik
Reddox - Cogliano - Pisani

Souray - Staios
Grebeshkov - Gilbert
Smid - Strudwick

Roloson
Drouin-Deslauriers

Notes

  • The Edmonton Oilers haven't won a road game against the Minnesota Wild in over two years.
  • Backstrom is 11-1-0 with a 1.80 GAA and three shutouts in 14 career starts against the Oilers.
  • Roloson is 0-5-2 with a 3.62 GAA in his last seven games at Minnesota.
  • The Wild are three points back of the Predators for the final playoff position.
  • Mikko Koivu has a goal and 10 assists in the last seven games at home against Edmonton.

Questions to Answer

  1. Why on earth did the Wild go to New Jersey only to come back home then right back to New York? Who set that up, the Canucks?
    Will Marian Gaborik be at full speed and spark the offense?
    Will the new-look Oilers run over the Wild?
    Will Backstrom start and finish?
    Is this a last gasp? If they lose, are they out?