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Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks: Game 32

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Minnesota Wild (20-8-3) vs Chicago Blackhawks (18-8-4)

Xcel Energy Center @ 6:30 PM CDTTelevision: Versus
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey

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Cal Clutterbuck - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Casey Wellman - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Brad Staubitz - Cody Almond - Guillaume Latendresse

Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Mike Lundin - Nick Schultz
Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Viktor Stalberg - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Andrew Brunette
Daniel Carcillo - Jamal Mayers - Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Nick Leddy
John Scott - Steve Montador

Corey Crawford
Ray Emery

Who will skate for the Wild tonight? Well, your guess is as good as anyone's. Bouchard is a game time decision with a likely broken nose. But Jets fans stopped by to say "he'll be fine." Appreciate the medical opinion. However, Mike Yeo was non-committal on that decision, so who knows. Bouchard has been sent for a CT scan, saying he "didn't feel 100%." He will play if he can, but if he is going to risk further injury, it makes no sense to do so.

Warren Peters is up on an emergency call-up, and Josh Harding has been placed on the IR to make room. (Harding will be eligible to come off whenever the team decides).

Zidlicky and Cullen reportedly are set to return. Cullen obviously goes back to the second line, and hopefully that provides a spark, but if Bouchard is out, it may mess with the chemistry anyway. Zidlicky was paired with Zanon and Schultz before his injury, so it will be interesting to see where he slots in, and how many minutes he actually plays.

Latendresse is also a game time decision, and if he plays, where? Top line? Mixed lines like last night?

Whoever skates best be ready to go after an exciting game last night. Every player has to be tired after the end to end action, and Chicago is rested and ready to go. Look at the top two lines. Take a shift off, this game is over. They also have solid goaltending from Crawford, and elite defense from the likes of Keith and Seabrook. Also, Big John Scott makes a return to the X.

Should be a great game. Remember, it is a 6:30 start and the game is on Versus. Make sure you are tuned in, or at the game. Occupy the X.

Five Questions:

  1. Will the Wild have legs after the wild one in Winnipeg?
  2. The Wild need a hero. Who will it be?
  3. Does Backstrom have his A game for back to back nights?
  4. Does the top line continue to put up points?
  5. Can Wild fans Occupy the X and make some noise?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: