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Minnesota Wild @ Atlanta Thrashers: Game 14

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Minnesota Wild (7-4-2) vs Atlanta Thrashers (6-6-3)

Philips Arena @ 6:00PM CST Television: FSN (HD)
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For the Atlanta perspective, check out Bird Watchers Anonymous

Minnesota Wild
Atlanta Thrashers

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom - John Madden - Antti Miettinen
Brad Staubitz - Cody Almond - Casey Wellman

Greg Zanon - Cam Barker
Nick Schultz -Brent Burns
Justin Falk - Clayton Stoner

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Fredrik Modin - Rich Peverley - Nik Antropov
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Anthony Stewart
Evander Kane - Jim Slater - Niclas Bergfors
Ben Eager - Alexander Burmistrov - Chris Thorburn

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Johnny Oduya - Brent Sopel
Ron Hainsey - Noah Welch

Chris Mason
Peter Mannino

The Wild come into tonight flying high on three straight wins, whereas the Thrashers are on the other end with three straight losses. Leading the way for Atlanta are former Chicago Blackhawks Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. Of course, the Thrashers moved Big Buff back to the blueline, which gives them immediate offense from the back. In fact, Buff is tied with Burnsie for the lead in goals by an NHL defenseman this season. That'll be a battle to watch.

In general however, this is an offensively talented team with suspect defense versus a team that has had trouble scoring, but whose defense has been stellar lately. Not exactly the most enthralling of contests, but I like watching Atlanta. They play an entertaining, fast skating, puck moving style. Too bad nobody there watches, and with the Falcons playing across the street from Philips Arena tonight, it doesn't bode well.


Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), Chuck Kobasew (lower body), Guillaume Latendresse (lower body) and Marek Zidlicky (lower body) are all out tonight. Bouchard is the only player that accompanied the team on this trip.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the former Blackhawks (Byfuglien and Ladd) continue to lead the way for Atlanta?
    Will Military Appreciation Night help Atlanta get more than 7500 in the building since the Dirty Birds are playing across the street?
  2. Will four days off and a loosey-goosey practice or two hurt the momentum?
  3. Can Minnesota stay healthy?
  4. How will Mittens look post-concussion, and will he end up back with Mikko?