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Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks: Game 7

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Minnesota Wild (3-2-1) vs Vancouver Canucks (2-3-2) Rexall Place @ 9:00PM CDT Television: KSTC45 (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct

Minnesota Wild
Vancouver Canucks

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

Marek Zidlicky - Greg Zanon
Nick Schultz -Brent Burns
Clayton Stoner - Justin Falk

Jose Theodore
Niklas Backstrom

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Mason Raymond
Jeff Tambellini - Ryan Kesler - Jannik Hansen
Raffi Torres - Manny Malhotra - Mikael Samuelsson
Tanner Glass - Peter Schaefer - Guillaume Desbiens

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Edler
Andrew Alberts - Aaron Rome

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

The story lines are there, the rivalry renewed. Fans assailed in the stands, Luongo chased, punches thrown on the ice, and blood boiling. Tonight, the rematch is in Vancouver. The Wild have had mixed success on the road against the Canucks, but nothing to write home about. After last night's win, the Wild have a genuine winning streak, and continuing that streak on the road would go a long way to assuaging fan fears with this team.

The effort was not there last night, and the Wild found a way to win despite it. Tonight, you can bet the Canucks are going to come out hard and fast, so the Wild will need to match that intensity, or prepare to be run over. The Nucks are hungry, they are at home, and they are not happy. Not to mention that Wild punching bag Roberto Luongo is not starting, so the Wild may actually have to work for a goal in this one.

Oh, and this just in from @mnwild: Clayton Stoner to play in place of Cam Barker. Should be interesting to say the least.

Five Questions:

  1. Can Clayton Stoner show he can play in the NHL?
    Does Guillaume Latendresse continue to bounce from line to line?
    Can the Wild stay out of the penalty box?
    Clicking at 44.4%, can the Wild powerplay win another one?
  2. Can Cory Schneider wear a Luongo mask and make it easier?
    BONUS: Can the Wild put together a 60 minute effort?