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Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Pre-Season Game 5

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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Nationwide Arena@ 6:00 CDT

Television: None, Online stream at FS OHIO
Listen live on
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Columbus perspective, check out The Cannon

Minnesota Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Martin Havlat
Chuck Kobasew - John Madden - Eric Nystrom
Brad Staubitz - Kyle Brodziak - Matt Kassian

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Marco Scandella
Drew Bagnall - Brent Burns

Niklas Backstrom
Anton Khudobin

Kristian Huselius - Antoine Vermette - Tomas Kubalik
Nikita Filatov - Kyle Wilson - Chad Kolarik
Tom Sestito - Ben Guite - Michael Blunden
Ethan Moreau - Andrew Murray - Chris Clark

Rotislav Klesla - Cody Goloubef
Nick Holden - Anton Stralman
John Moore - Mike Commodore

Matheiu Garon
David LeNeveu

The Wild look to make a good impression for the first time this season. Fielding a near season ready line up against what looks to be the Blue Jackets' B-squad, they should (repeat should) be able to win this one easily. Clayton Stoner did not travel with the team after having been on the ice for 10 goals against already this season. That should give him the time he needs to practice back at the X, and meanwhile give his mates a better chance to win. As harsh as that sounds, it is fact.

No local TV, but The Cannon says Fox Sports Ohio is streaming the game. I guess we'll see.

Five Questions:

1. How will the team look with the season ready line up together for the first time?

2. Sounds like Backstrom for two, Borat for one. Can the two goalies show some solid backstopping today?

3. How will Clutterbuck do, playing out of position and on a scoring line?

4. With injuries mounting, can the Wild escape back to Saint Paul unscathed?

5. Can the team defense finally play... you know... some defense?