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Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Hartwall Areena @ 11:00AM CDT

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Minnesota Wild
Carolina Hurricanes

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Martin Havlat
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Brodziak - Casey Wellman
Brad Staubitz - John Madden -

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

Niklas Backstrom
Anton Khudobin

Jussi Jokinen - Eric Staal - Erik Cole
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Tuomo Rutuu
Chad LaRose - Patrick O'Sullivan - Patrick Dwyer
Jiri Tlusty - Zac Dalpe - Tom Kostopoulos

Tim Gleason - Bobby Sanguinetti
Joni Pitkanen - Anton Babchuk
Brett Carson - Jay Harrison

Cam Ward
Justin Pogge

This is it folks, this one counts. The Wild left us with very little reason to be enthusiastic about their chances this season, but when it all comes down to it... hockey is back. That really is all that matters. Win -lose- or horrible shoot out loss, it's still hockey. Now... sure would be nice to start the season off right, wouldn't it?

Five Questions:

1. To quote some someone from the West Virginia highlands: "We ain't saw nuttin from dees here boys." Which Wild team comes out tonight? The one that can play, or the one that doesn't seem to care?

2. Zidlicky is listed as "questionable." If he can't go, who steps up for the Wild to lead the breakout?

3. Can the Wild continue a relative dominance of the East?

4. Will Clutterbuck skate with Havlat / Cullen? If so, is he a factor in the offense?

5. How do the Wild Finns play in one of the most exciting games of their lives?


6. The Twins proved last night that Minnesota teams only show up for most of the game, not all of it. Can the Wild buck the trend?

Hey. Put down that stapler. File that report in the circular file. Hockey's back, people. Hockey. Is. Back.