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Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings: Game 11

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Minnesota Wild (4-3-3) vs Detroit Red Wings (5-4-0)

Joe Lewis Arena @ 6:30PM CDT Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Detroit perspective, check out Winging It In Motown

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Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Guillaume Latendresse - 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 - Tomas Holmstrom
Gustav Nyquist - Johan Franzen - Todd Bertuzzi
Danny Cleary - Valtteri Filppula - Justin Abdelkader
Andrew Miller - Darren Helm - Patrick Eaves

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

Jimmy Howard
Ty Conklin

Brett Bulmer gone. The curtain pulled back. They sure snuck one past us, didn't they? Those tricky little rascals. Now begins the answer to "Was it the right move?" We'll see what they think when Staubitz continues to take bad penalties and they have to call someone up to teach him a lesson.Oh well.

The Wild actually managed to beat the Wings. That was at the X, with the last change. Now, the Wild are at the Joe, and the Wings are in charge. Once again, Mike Yeo rolls Josh Harding against the mighty Wings. We can't really blame him there, as Harding has been impressive in his past two games against them. This is the first time I can remember Harding playing back to back games with Backstrom healthy. I'm sure he has before, but I don't remember it.

The power play has changed again, with Zidlicky off the top unit and Spurgeon up. The lines are back to their original state. Bulmer is gone, and Staubitz is in. Zidlicky needs some time off to think about things. He is being outplayed by every other d-man, and making more than all of them. That needs to change, and fast.

Another one to watch tonight, with so many questions still needing answers. Should be fun.

Five Questions:

  1. Original lines back in place. Does it finally click?
  2. Spurgeon on the top PP unit. Does that make a difference?
  3. With the last change going to the Wings, can the Wild keep up?
  4. Plus or minus on attempts to cheap shot Setoguchi by Bertuzzi is set at five. What shall it be?
  5. Demoted. Does Zidlicky finally get the message?