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Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks: Game Nine

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Minnesota Wild (3-2-3) vs Anaheim Ducks (4-3-1)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CDT Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or

For the Anahiem perspective, check out Anaheim Calling

Minnesota Wild Anaheim Ducks

Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Cal Clutterbuck
Devin Setoguchi - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brett Bulmer - Kyle Brodziak - Colton Gillies
Guillaume Latendresse - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

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

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Gordon - Andrew Cogliano - Brandon McMillan
Matt Beleskey - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Toni Lydman - Lubomir Visnovsky
Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa - Kurtis Foster

Jonas Hiller
Dan Ellis

This game really could go either direction. This could be two teams struggling to find their offense, both trying new things to get going, and both teams falling flat on their face in the process. Or, it could be two teams that find their offense against each other and it winds up 6-5. You just never know.

Stick with me, I know what I'm doing.

Both teams have struggled on the power play. Both teams have top lines recently broken up to get the players going. Both teams are in the mediocre, hanging on by their finger nails from going over the cliff into the abyss camp. Neither team is happy with their start, but both are at least acceptable starts. Just so long as they get going.

The Ducks are in the midst of a 13 day, 7 game road trip, and the Wild haven't played in six days. This one should be fun to watch.

The new Wild power play units will get their first taste tonight as well, so that is something to keep a close eye on. Brad Staubitz and Matt Kassian are out, even with George Parros in town. Latendresse skates on the fourth line, most likely just to get him in the game without messing with the new lines. This is not a condemnation of Latendresse. This is a "Who do we want in... Staubitz or Lats?" That's a no-brainer in my book.

Enjoy the game all.

Five Questions:

  1. Will Cal Clutterbuck have an Alex Burrows type effect on the Wild's top line and get them going?
  2. Can Bouchard and Cullen get the puck to Setoguchi?
  3. Will the anemic power play find life with the changes?
  4. With Staubitz and Kassian scratched, does George Parros fight Clayton Stoner?
  5. The search continues for Marek Zidlicky. Is he in the building tonight?