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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars: Game 80

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Dallas Stars (35-34-10) vs. Minnesota Wild (37-33-9)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: Versus (HD)Radio: Listen Live

For the Dallas perspective, check out Defending Big D

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Dallas Stars

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Nolan - Belanger - Gaborik
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Veilleux
Fritsche - Gillies - Boogaard

Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Scott
Bergeron - Foster

Backstrom
Harding

Lehtinen - Ribeiro - Ott
Neal - Wandell - Eriksson
Morrison - Modano - Brunnstrom
Begin - Sutherby - Parrish

Grtossman - Hutchinson
Niskanen - Fistric
Vishnevskiy - Sydor

Climie
Turco

NOTES:

  • Bemidji State's own Matt Climie will get the start in goal for the Stars.
    Mikko Koivu hasn't scored since the last game against the Stars, 12 games ago.
    The Wild career record versus Dallas is 10-16-5, but they are 7-7-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Injury Update From Russo

Defenseman Nick Schultz will miss his third-ever game due to injury tonight when the Wild hosts the Stars. The Wild is calling it a head injury, meaning this is the third member of the Wild’s "core" to be sidelined by a concussion in recent games.

Brent Burns, out for the rest of the season and probably the world championships with a concussion, played with his for more than a month until one final hit sidelined him. And Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who has improved the past few days but is not ready to increase his workouts yet, practiced two straight days after getting concussed against the Islanders.

You can bet these players have discovered concussions are nothing to take lightly if it ever happens again.

Questions to Answer

  1. Is this the last time Mike Modano plays in Minnesota?
    Can Koivu score?
    Do they have a chance after tonight?
    With Schultz out, will Johnsson go over 30:01 TOI?
    What's the deal with the concussions? Boards? Helmets? Mouthguards?