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Minnesota Wild @ Phoenix Coyotes: Game 30

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Minnesota Wild (19-7-3) vs (15-10-3)

Jobing.com Arena @ 7:00 PM CDTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Phoenix perspective, check out Five For Howling

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Jeff Taffe - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Casey Wellman - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Brad Staubitz - Cody Almond - Colton Gillies

Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Mike Lundin - Nick Schultz
Greg Zanon - Clayton Stoner

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Raffi Torres - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski - Boyd Gordon - Taylor Pyatt
Mikkel Boedker - Kyle Turris - Kyle Chipchura

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Adrian Aucoin
David Schlemko - Michal Rozsival

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

Far too many story lines for a game against the Coyotes. This used to just be another throw away game that no one would pay attention to, especially the fans on both sides. Now, however, it seems both fan bases are up for this one, and with the success both teams are having, the players should be as well.

Looks like Clutterbuck is still hurt, and will not play. Could be a game time decision, so if he plays, don't blame us for the lineup being wrong. Also, Backstrom takes the reigns back from the kid tonight. The injuries have yet to truly impact the team, and Taffe is playing well, so expect no changes in the lineup until the injured players are 100%.

No matter who plays, the Wild need to be ready, as the Coyotes sit atop the Pacific, a division that (despite recent events) the Wild have struggled against. Much like the Wild, they are having their success without the excitement that garners attention, and simply doing their jobs and winning games.

If the Wild play their system, the Coyotes are beatable. The goaltending could be the weak link, but the only way to determine that is to put some pucks on net. In other words... shoot the puck.

Should be a good game, and you don't even have to stay up until midnight to watch it. Enjoy.

Five Questions:

  1. Wild getting help from all over. Who steps up tonight?
  2. The sweep of Cali is complete, now can they complete the Pacific sweep?
  3. Backstrom back. Is he rusty?
  4. This is game 30. Are we there yet?
  5. Will Dany's Turtleneck continue to bring luck?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: