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Minnesota Wild @ Vancouver Canucks: Game Eight

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Minnesota Wild (3-2-2) vs Vancouver Canucks (3-3-1)

Rodgers Arena @ 3:00 CDT Television: FSN, NHL Network
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct

Minnesota Wild
Vancouver Canucks
Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brett Bulmer - Kyle Brodziak - Colton Gillies
Brad Staubitz - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Clayton Stoner - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Justin Falk - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Cody Hodgson
Marco Sturm - Manny Malhotra - Jannik Hansen
Aaron Volpatti - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Keith Ballard - Kevin Bieksa
Dan Hamhuis - Alexander Edler
Andrew Alberts - Sami Salo

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

UPDATE 2PM -Latendresse and Zanon are out. Falk and Johnson likely in. How the lineup will look exactly is a bit of an unknown, but our best guess is above.

Who doesn't love a good Saturday afternoon game? And who doesn't love a good Nucks matchup?

The Wild have yet to prove themselves against a formidable opponent. Wins against the Oilers and Blue Jackets aren't exactly impressive when the losses come to teams like the Red Wings and Penguins. They need to step up against a team people consider a real opponent.Today, they get a chance to do just that, even if the Nucks have come out a bit slow this season.

Lining up across from the Brain Eaters has to have the checkers worried. Lining up across from Alex Burrows has to have every member of the Wild worried about their fingers and their kidneys. Lining up across from LOLuongo has to have Backstrom ready to split his sides. OK, OK, we go too far.

Still, no one can let their guard down this afternoon, or the Wild will watch as the Canucks steamroll them much like the Wings and Pens did. All the cliches apply here. Sixty minute effort, never take a shift off, play your game.

Should be interesting to see if the Wild can get up for a match with the Canuckleheads.

Five Questions:

  1. Can the team defense shut down the Brain Eaters?
  2. Do the Wild score with more than 1.2 seconds left in the game?
  3. Can Heatley fire up his 2011-12 season?
  4. Does anyone, anyone at all, care to step up and take the lead for the Wild?
  5. New question - who takes over for the now MIA Marek Zidlicky