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Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues: Game 13

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Minnesota Wild (6-3-3) vs St. Louis Blues (6-6-0)

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

For the St. Louis perspective, check out St. Louis Game Time

Minnesota Wild St. Louis Blues

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

Vladimir Sobotka - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Matt D`Agostini - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Alexander Steen - Jason Arnott - Jamie Langenbrunner
Evgeny Grachev - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Taylor Chorney - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott

It is always fun when the Blues face the Wild. The matchup needs to happen more often, and with the league in the pocket of the Eastern Conference, that doesn't seem likely to happen. Without the votes of the East, realignment is going to make the league look stupid, and real rivalries in the West will never be born. Ridiculous.

The Blues are always one of the teams to watch, though they always seem to find a way to shoot themselves in the foot along the way. So much talent, with so few results. As much as it would be great to see the Wild have some success, the Blues could use some of their own. Great, rabid fan base, solid players, "World" Series Champions in the other silly sport, and they hate the Red Wings. Hate them. St. Louis fans needs some hockey love.

Not tonight, of course... some other night.

Tonight, the Wild throw the same lineup out that has been having so much success. Until something changes, don't expect to see many lineup moves. Never mess with a team that is winning. Ever. This means no Clayton Stoner for a few games, and the likelihood that unless Harding goes flat, Backstrom serves in a backup role. (That's our guess, not a report.)

Tonight is an all to rare treat, ladies and gents. The Blues are in town. Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. Fourth start in a row for Harding. Does he look sharp again?
  2. The Wild are in a groove and playing well, does that continue?
  3. Can the top line get in on the fun tonight?
  4. The Church of Yeo is in session, can the players keep the faith?
  5. Marek Zidlicky showed up last game. Can he make it two?