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Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers: Game Seven

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Minnesota Wild (2-2-2) vs Edmonton Oilers (2-2-1)

Rexall Place @ 8:30 CDT Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or listen here

For the Edmonton perspective, check out Lowe Tide, Oilers Nation, or Oilers Jambalaya

Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
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

Linus Omark - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Ryan Jones
Magnus Paajarvi - Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell
Ben Eager - Anton Lander - Theo Peckham

Ryan Whitney - Tom Gilbert
Kobe Bryant - Ladislav Smid
Andy Sutton - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk
Nikolai Khabibulin

Panic? No, not yet. Still early. However, if things don't turn toward a positive note here pretty soon, the doubts that they ever will are going to start to creep in. So many changes, almost the exact same results thus far. Inconsistent play, taking long stretches of time off, and not shooting the puck have led to the same mediocrity we have all become accustomed to. This needs to stop.

A trip to Edmonton can have two effects. One, the Wild regain their swagger after a thorough stomping of a much weaker team. Or, the Wild could be embarrassed and sink further into the struggles they are showing. Which one happens, is, of course, up to them. It would be difficult to prove that there has been a 60 minute effort put out by this team as of yet.If they can't find a way to play the entire game, they will never beat the Oilers, let alone the Penguins.

The secret to success tonight is to play the game their way. The entire game. Physical, fast, making good decisions. They have already learned the Oilers aren't just going to roll over. Time to find the killer instinct and own the opponents they own.

Five Questions:

  1. A trip to Edmonton just what the doctor ordered, or a trip to the executioner?
  2. Is this the game we see some success from Koivu & Heatley?
  3. Backstrom continues to own the Oil. Does that continue tongiht?
  4. Too early for a must win, but is this a must win?
  5. When do we give up looking for Marek Zidlicky?