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Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames: Game 32

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Minnesota Wild (14-13-4) vs Calgary Flames (14-16-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 PM CST Television: FSN (HD)
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For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Minnesota Wild
Calgary Flames

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

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Brent Burns
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Alex Tanguay - Matt Stajan - Jarome IginlaNiklas Hagman - Olli Jokinen - Rene BourqueCurtis Glencross - Mikael Backlund - Brendan MorrisonStefen Meyer - David Moss - Tom Kostopoulos

Robyn Regehr - Jay BouwmeesterMark Giordano - Anton BabchukCory Sarich - Brendan Mikkelson

Miikka KiprusoffHenrik Karlsson

According to Russo, it looks like Nick Schultz may be concussed from a hit from Tom Kosopoulos. I am in the same boat as Russo, I didn't get to see it, so if anyone has video of it, please pass it along. In the meantime, that means that Marco Scandella gets to play in the big leagues again. When he was sent down, there were some minor questions about the way he was playing, but it seems those have been taken care of.

The odd man out on defense? SpaethCo's favorite player, Cam Barker. This means that a d-man with years of NHL experience, and a hefty paycheck, is being scratched in favor of Spurgeon, Stoner, and Scandella. Ouch. Hopefully the guy gets the hint.

Looking at the game itself tonight, the Wild need to do what they did in the last game. Support Backstrom, clear the zone, and score goals. It continues to be a simple formula, but it seems to elude the Wild for some reason. Tonight's opponent is a familiar one, so there should be no surprises. All they need to do is play the game they can play, and they should be able to win another.

Five Questions:

  1. Impressive showing two nights ago. Can they build off the win?
    Backstrom had strong support in the last game. Does that continue?
    How will the defense look with three rookies in the lineup?
    It is nearly impossible to keep Iginla off the score sheet. Can the Wild pull it off again?
    Did Adrian Dater really suggest the Wild would "love" to be rid of Havlat?