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Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings: Game Ten

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Minnesota Wild (3-3-3) vs Detroit Red Wings (5-3-0)

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

For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging It In Motown

Minnesota Wild Detroit Red Wings

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

Justin Falk - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Nate Prosser - Jared Spurgeon

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Danny Cleary
Valtteri Filppula - Johan Franzen - Jiri Hudler
Todd Bertuzzi - Darren Helm - Patrick Eaves
Andrew Miller - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Ty Conklin

Remember the time the Wild faced the Wings and won? Yeah, me either.

Let's just say, the Wings are a much, much better team than the Wild, and get it out of the way. Their scorers are, you know, scoring. Their checkers, checking. Their d-men, doing it all. Their goalies are not spectacular. In fact, they are anything but spectacular. Sub-par by most descriptions. (Fill in stats making Jimmy Howard look like a god here: ___________).

Yes, the Wings are a better squad. Especially with the state of the Wild mentality right now. Still, Josh Harding nearly stole a game from them in the last meeting, and he is in again tonight. Plus, there are those fancy lavender dashers. Who knows, maybe the fates smile down upon them and something good happens tonight.

Because, as we all know, the world often does things, just to make people feel better. Or was that just a cartoon I once saw?

News you can use: Apparently the decision has been made to make Brett Bulmer a healthy scratch tonight, in favor of Brad Staubitz. This is one of a few options. One, they are unsure about the decision to keep him here or not. Two, Staubitz has compromising photos of someone high in the Wild organization. Three, there is something the coaches are seeing that the rest of us are not.

Five Questions:

  1. Will a Gui be able to do what a Cal couldn't?
  2. Nate Prosser in. Can he make an impact?
  3. Can the Wild slow down the Wings at all?
  4. Plus or minus for Wings shots is set at 27. Which will it be?
  5. Seriously, how long until Marek Zidlicky is benched?