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Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks: Game 29

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Minnesota Wild (13-11-4) vs Anaheim Ducks (15-13-4)

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

Minnesota Wild
Anaheim Ducks

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom - Patrick O`Sullivan - Cal Clutterbuck
Brad Staubitz - Warren Peters - Eric Nystrom

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Jared Spurgeon - 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

Riding two big wins the Wild will go into Anaheim tired and ready to end a three game road trip. Both games thus far have resulted in positive outcomes, but there have been some long stretches of very bad hockey. If not for a terrible night for Jonathan Quick, would the Wild have beaten the Kings? Likely a good thing we don't ever get to find out.

Tonight will be another physical battle, and even with it being the tail end of a back to back, the Wild should be able to win this game. The Ducks are immensely beatable, and all it takes it to play a full sixty minutes. The Wild can certainly hold their own in a physical battle, and that is really the only thing the Ducks have.

Simple keys to victory tonight: Stop relying on luck and play the game. The goalie is not going to cough up the puck every night like Quick did. The Wild need to create their own chances, and capitalize on them. More pucks to the net, more driving the net, more clearing out in front of their own net.

Backstrom is back in tonight. Hopefully the Wild have enough in them to protect him.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the Wild leave with a clean sweep of the road trip?
    Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Koivu... can the Wild shut them all down?
    It's going to be physical tonight. Will the Wild have the energy to stand tall?
    Does Warren Peters get better than four minutes?
    If the Wild win again tonight, SpaethCo will need to travel with them everywhere they go. Does he know that?