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Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Game 13

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Minnesota Wild (6-4-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4--0)

Nationwide Arena @ 6:00PM CDT Television: FSN (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com

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Minnesota Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets

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

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

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Jakub Voracek
Derek Dorsett - Antoine Vermette - RJ Umberger
Kyle Wilson - Samuel Pahlsson - Chris Clark
Nikita Filatov - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll


Fedor Tyutin - Nick Holden
Rostislav Klesla - Marc Methot
Jan Hejda -
Anton Stralman

Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

The Wild have yet to defeat the Jackets this season. Every game they played against them has been ugly, with the Jackets doing whatever they want, whenever they want. However, the Wild just finished a 3-1-1 home stand against some of the best teams in the game, and Niklas Backstrom and his defense are playing much better than they were during past meetings. With Theodore in net, the heroics of Backstrom will not be there to save them.

On the other end of the ice, Mathieu Garon has two consecutive shutouts coming into tonight, and so the Wild offense... what ever that is... is going to need to put pucks on the net, and they are going to need to keep some sustained pressure. Both accomplishments are something the Wild has not been able to do well as of late. Finding ways to win? Yes. Consistent pressure and shots on goal? Not so much.

What does this mean for tonight? To win, the Wild will need to create some very good chances. To get those, they will need sustained puck possession in the Jackets' zone. The defense is going to need to keep the shots against to a minimum, as Jose Theodore, who has not played in awhile, is not going to enjoy going from rust to 40 shots against.

Offense. Defense. Boom. Thank you coach Madden.

Five Questions:

  1. Will the flood gates open for Havlat?
  2. Jackets get the last change tonight. Can they find a way to shut down Rick Nash?
  3. Mat Kassian wanted to go last night. Does he find a dance partner in Columbus?
  4. Big chance to start a real winning streak. Can they string three wins together?
  5. How long does it take for the Wild to end Garon's shutout streak?