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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars: Game 42

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Minnesota Wild (21-15-5) vs. Dallas Stars (24-13-5)

Xcel Energy Center @ 5:00 PM CST Television: KSTC (HD)
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Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars

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

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

Jose Theodore
Anton Khudobin

Loui Eriksson - Brad Richards - James Neal
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Jamie Benn
Jamie Langenbrunner - Steve Ott - Adam Burish
Brandon Segal - Tom Wandell - Brian Sutherby

Stephane Robidas - Matt Niskanen
Nicklas Grossman - Karlis Skrastins
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric

Kari Lehtonen
Andrew Raycroft

This is a hot team. This is a team in playoff position. This is a team that is 8-2-1 in their last 11. This is also a team playing the second half of a back to back and facing their third straight division leading opponent.; a Dallas team against whom the Wild struggle, though more in Dallas than in St. Paul.

Frankly, if Minnesota continues to perform the way they have over the last few weeks, it won't matter. They'll just keep racking up the points. Today, it'll be up to Cal Clutterbuck, Martin Havlat and Mikko Koivu to force the offense. Cam Barker & Brent Burns will have to play the transition game and Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon and Marco Scandella will need to keep Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson out from Jose Theodore's crease.

Do that, and the Wild will go to 9-2-1. Don't, and it's back to the drawing board.

Oh, and ... Norm Green Sucks.

Five Questions:

  1. Loui Eriksson impresses me every time he faces the Wild. Will they keep him off the scoresheet?
    Will Jamie Langenbrunner have an impact?
    Can Jose Theodore keep it up?
  2. Cam Barker, is he going to continue to improve his game?
    Will the second-half of the season start with a win?