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Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks: Game 63

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San Jose Sharks (42-11-9) vs. Minnesota Wild (30-27-5)

HP Pavilion @ 9:30 CST

Television: FSN
Radio: Listen Live

For the San Jose perspective, check out Fear the Fin or Battle of California

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

San Jose Sharks

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

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Bergeron - Zidlicky

Backstrom
Harding

Marleau - Thornton - Setoguchi
Michaelk - Pavelski - Clowe
McGinn - Roenick - Cheechoo
Shelley - Pihal - Staubitz

Boyle - Murray
Blake - Vlasic
Ehrhoff - Lukowich

Boucher
Nabokov

NOTES:

  • Minnesota is in 11th in the West, but is within three points of seventh.
  • Evgeni Nabokov has missed the last three games with the flu, and Brian Boucher has given up seven goals in consecutive losses.
  • Minnesota has given up a conference-low 2.35 goals per game.
  • Backstrom had lost all six of his career starts against San Jose before winning on Dec. 31.
  • The Wild have lost four straight in San Jose.
  • Patrick Marleau leads the Sharks with 34 goals, conversely Owen Nolan leads the Wild with 17.

Questions to Answer

  1. With Boucher in net, Moen and Huskins not yet in the fold, Roenick, Grier and Lemieux injured have the Wild gotten a break?
    Will the Sharks get retribution for the loss on New Years Eve?
    Do the Sharks snap out of their offensive slump?
    Will this be an 0-fer west coast trip?
    Will the team be inspired at all by the new member... wait ... they didn't do anything?