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Minnesota Wild @ Winnipeg Jets: Game 31

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Minnesota Wild (20-7-3) vs Winnipeg Jets (13-12-4)

MTS Centre @ 7:30 PM CDTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Winnipeg perspective, check out Arctic Ice Hockey

Minnesota Wild Winnipeg Jets

Cal Clutterbuck - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Casey Wellman - Cody Almond - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Brad Staubitz - - Colton Gillies

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

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tim Stapleton - Alexander Burmistrov - Jason Jaffray

Dustin Byfuglien - Johnny Oduya
Mark Stuart - Zach Bogosian
Randy Jones - Mark Flood

Ondrej Pavelec
Chris Mason

A first trip to a new city is always fun. Well... as much fun as Winnipeg can be, anyway. The Wild make their first ever trip to the Peg tonight as they face the reincarnated Jets build from the ashes of the Atlanta Thrashers. I point out this connection not because you didn't know, but as a reminder that the Thrashers weren't very good.

As with any game,l the Wild need to stay focused and not look past the Jets to the Hawks tomorrow night. This game counts as much as every other game, and the two points are ready for the taking.

The Jets are one of those teams that are perfectly capable of putting up a nine spot on a team like the Flyers, so they are not to be taken lightly. At the same time, they are a team that will easily give up a nine spot. They have some players whose names you will recognize, but many whose names you won't as well.

For the Wild, Cal Clutterbuck returns tonight, giving the physical game a boost, and hopefully stepping onto a top line that has been producing well lately. It sure would be nice to see his shot a bit more, so maybe tonight is the night. Backstrom is in again, Hackett looks to be the backup unless his shot to the throat in practice keeps him out.

Just another game, everyone. Just another game. Even at a normal time. Enjoy that.

Five Questions:

  1. First trip to MTS Centre, can the Wild hush the crowd?
  2. One final roady before coming home, can the Wild complete the full trip sweep?
  3. How does Clutterbuck look tonight?
  4. Can Casey Wellman get back on the board?
  5. Building blocks for a new rivalry set tonight?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: