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Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks: Game 17

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Minnesota Wild (8-6-3) vs Anaheim Ducks (10-8-2)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00PM CST Television: FSN (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com

For the Anaheim perspective, check out Anaheim Calling and Battle of California

Minnesota Wild
Anaheim Ducks

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

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey PerryDan Sexton - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne Jason Blake - Ryan Carter - Matt BeleskyGeorge Parros - Todd Marchant - Nick Bonino

Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman Paul Mara - Andreas LiljaDanny Syvret - Cam Fowler

Jonas HillerCurtis McElhinney

The Ducks just had their ten game winning streak ended last night in Dallas. They are red hot, and they are likely smoking mad over their streak ending. The all too obvious storyline is that Mikko's big brother is in town, so expect that to be made into way too big of a deal tonight. The real story will be two teams that have been grossly out shot by their opponents this season, relying heavily on their goaltenders, and not living up to expectations battling it out.

The Wild have a chance to start a new winning streak tonight, but they will first need to find a way to put some puck in the net, and perhaps limit the shots Niklas Backstrom has to face tonight. It just does not seem plausible that Backstrom can carry this team for the entire season needing to make 35+ saves a night.

Celebrating Movember, tonight will feature two of the greatest mustaches in the game. Cal Clutterbuck's Clutterstache, and the 1970s porn styling of George Parros. Enjoy that contest.

Notes:

  • Niklas Backstrom is 4-1-0 in his career against the Ducks at Xcel Energy Center. He owns a 2.14 GAA, .915 SV% and one shutout.
  • The Wild penalty kill is 24-for-26 (92.3%) in the last eight games which include matchups against five of the league's top 10 power play units in Washington, Chicago, San Jose, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay.
  • Brothers Saku and Mikko Koivu have faced each other seven times in their NHL careers. Mikko has recorded six points (3-3=6) in their meetings, topping older brother Saku who owns five points (1-4=5).

IMPORTANT: The game on Friday vs the Detroit Red Wings has been moved from a 6PM start to a 6:30 start.

Five Questions:

  1. Which of the teams that gets out shot every night will out shoot the other? Or do they tie?
    One of the best top lines in the game tonight. Can the defense slow them down?
    Can the team keep Backstrom under 30 shots against?
    Who is the hero tonight, and who is the goat?
    Can Havlat, Nystrom, and Madden continue the chemistry?