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Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:30PM CDT

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

For the Edmonton perspective, check out The Copper & Blue

Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers


Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Martin Havlat
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Brodziak - Chuck Kobasew
Brad Staubitz - John Madden - Eric Nystrom

Marek Zidlicky - Greg Zanon
Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Cam Barker - Justin Falk

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore


Dustin Penner - Sam Gagne - Ales Hemsky
Taylor Hall - Shawn Horcoff - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Andrew Cogliano - Gilbert Brule
Ryan Jones - Colin Fraser - Zack Stortini

Ryan Whitney - Tom Gilbert
Ladislav Smid - Kurtis Foster
Jim Vandermeer - Theo Peckham

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Todd Richards reminded us that the team is not twenty games in and seven points out of the playoffs, and that he does not understand the negativity surrounding the team. Tonight, he and his team get their first chance to prove that negativity is unfounded. The Wild have yet to play a game that counts in front of the home crowd, something that has given them a boost in the past. Tonight's events will be special, as the team honors the first nine seasons with a pre-game ceremony, which will certainly have the fans ready to go.

The road from 0-1-1 to twenty games in and seven points out is shorter than we think. No one wants that.

Five Questions:

1.Can the Wild defense contain the high flying, high speed youngsters in the Edmonton offense?

2. With Zidlicky likely back in the line-up, does the defensive corps solidify?

3. The Wild have always done well against young phenoms. Is Taylor Hall different?

4. Can Niklas Backstrom continue his 12-0-0 record at home against the Oil?

5. Will Clutterbuck put one in the net tonight?

BONUS:

6. Can the Wild put together a 60 minute effort?