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Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Six

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Minnesota Wild (2-1-2) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-2)

Xcel Energy Center @ 6:30 CDT Television: Versus
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or listen here

For the Pittsburgh perspective, check out PensBurgh

Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brett Bulmer - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Brad Staubitz - Darroll Powe - Colton Gillies

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Clayton Stoner - Jared Spurgeon

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan - Richard Park - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
Steve MacIntyre - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen

Brent Johnson
Marc-Andre Fleury

Word on the street says the Pittsburgh Penguins are coming to town tonight. Looking at the roster, I'm not sure that is the case. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are out, no time table on the return of either. Kris Letang has been suspended for two games, and with Brooks Orpik not on the trip, the Pens recalled Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but he will not be in attendance, so the Pens will only have 5 defensemen tonight.

Still, why don't we feel confident? Well, because James Neal is on fire this season, Jordan Staal is an underrated player, and to be honest, Matt Cooke will be on the ice. If the Wild can come out without someone taking an elbow to the head, we will all feel lucky.

This is not a team to overlook, even with three of the best players in the game out of the lineup. They can still score, they can still play a solid defensive game, and they have outstanding goaltending. If the Wild think for a second this will be a cake walk because of the absentees, they will get crushed. They need to play their game, and not stop playing it when the other team starts playing theirs.

This is a winnable game. Now it is up to the players to go out and win it.

Five Questions:

  1. Will the top line find some success?
  2. Will the second line continue to excel?
  3. Waiting for a defenseman to step up. Will it be tonight?
  4. Points in four out of five. Does that continue tonight?
  5. Paging Mr. Zidlicky. Mr. Zidlicky, you have a call holding, available at the courtesy phone. Mr. Zidlicky?