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Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators: Game 43

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Minnesota Wild (21-16-5) vs. Nashville Predators (22-13-6)

Bridgestone Arena @ 7:00 PM CST Television: KSTC (HD)
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For the Nashville perspective, check out On the Forecheck

Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators

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

Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Kobe Bryant - Marco Scandella
Clayton Stoner - Greg Zanon

Jose Theodore
Anton Khudobin

Steve Sullivan - Cal O'Reilly - Patric Hornqvist
J.P. Dumont - David Legwand - Joel Ward
Sergei Kostitsyn - Marcel Goc - Martin Erat
Jerred Smithson - Colin Wilson -
Wade Belak

Shea Weber - Ryan Suter
Francis Bouillon - Cody Franson
Shane O'Brien -
Kevin Klein

Pekka RinneAnders Lindback

Time to get back on track. In Nashville, against the number four team in the West. Now is the chance to put the Dallas debacle behind them and come out furious about having lost. Wait... is that right? The Predators are the fourth team in the West? THE PREDATORS? Amazing the things we can do these days.

Barry Trotz has got to be a man amongst boys when it comes to coaching. Look at the roster above. If you didn't have that in front of you, how many of those guys could you name? This is not a slight on the Preds, but rather a compliment. They are true team. No perrenial all-stars (save maybe for Weber). Just a group of guys who go out, play their tails off every night, and find their way into fourth place in the West.

Wild versus Predators games are almost always entertaining, and this should be no exception. Antti Miettinen returns, which could provide a spark from Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette. Looks like Brad Staubitz gets back in the line up as well, so Sully looks to sit. Jose Theodore starts again, and hopefully the team in front of him can play a solid game.

All Star defenseman Brent Burns will, of course, play his first game after being named an All Star. As has been the case since the beginning of the year, the fate of the team will fall on his shoulders. If he has a good game, the Wild have a good chance to win. If he doesn't, they will struggle.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the Wild get back on track after an blow out against Dallas?
    Theodore looked weak in the Dallas game, can he be the man again?
    Been awhile since we have written about Martin Havlat's great game. Will that be tonight?
  2. Back on the road, how do they look as a team?
    After so many missed games, will I have lost my form?