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Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Game 16

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Minnesota Wild (7-6-2) vs Tampa Bay Lighning (8-6-2)

St. Pete Times Forum @ 4:00PM CST Television: FSN (HD)
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Minnesota Wild
Tampa Bay Lightning

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

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Marco Scandella
Justin Falk - Cam Barker

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Martin St. Louis - Steven Stamkos - Steve DownieSean Bergenheim - Dominic Moore - Teddy Purcell Ryan Malone - Nate Thompson - Mike Vernace Mattias Ritola - - Adam Hall

Mattias Ohlund - Victor Hedman Pavel Kubina - Brett Clark Randy Jones - Mike Lundin

Dan Ellis
Mike Smith

The Wild have played two of the worst games in recent memory while on this road trip. Coming into tonight, they have mustered little offense, forgotten how to play defense, and are counting on their goalies to keep them alive. That's all well and good when you win, but with two straight losses, the Wild need to find a way to win.

To win, the Wild are going to need to create some Dan Ellis problems of their own, or maybe they should all just hold up dollar bills when they shoot to distract him. With Brent Burns gone on suspension, and Marek Zidlicky hobbled and likely shouldn't be playing, the Wild will need to find some offense. The Lightning will bring their fair share of scoring chances, with the league leader in points in Steven Stamkos.

If the Wild don't shore up the d-zone, this Tampa squad is going to make this ugly real quick. The only question to be answered is can they man up tonight, or will it just be roll over time?

Five Questions:

  1. With Burns out and Zidlicky hurt, who steps up?
    Is it possible to shut dwon Stamkos?
    Can Niklas Backstrom steal a win tonight?
    Will Mikko finally bust the slump?
    Can SpaethCo finally witness a road win?