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Minnesota Wild @Vancouver Canucks: Game 34

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Minnesota Wild (20-8-5) vs Vancouver Canucks (19-11-2)

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

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Matt Cullen - Dany Heatley
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Jarod Palmer - Jed Ortmeyer - Cal Clutterbuck
Colton Gillies- Warren Peters - Brad Staubitz

Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Mike Lundin - Nick Schultz
Clayton Stoner - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Mason Raymond - Ryan Kesler - Chris Higgins
Manny Malhotra - Cody Hodgson - Jannik Hansen
Mark Mancari - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Sami Salo
Alexander Sulzer - Andrew Alberts

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider


Not to be the negative Nancy of the net, but this has all the makings of a bad night. The Canucks are going to come into this angry after the last meeting with the Wild. So many of the Nucks talked about how that game was the worst they had ever played, been involved in, or at least played in a Nucks sweater. With the Wild coming into their house, they are going to want to exact revenge.

Add that to the fact the Wild are still hurting, despite getting Bouchard back, and things could be ugly. Or, the team could pull together, find a groove and find a way to win. With the standings the way they are, a win is a five point lead in the division, a loss is only 3. Everyone knows two points are always two points, but tonight it's four.

The Nucks have played just as well as the Wild, with both teams driving as far and as fast as they can, racking up points, and not looking back. The biggest difference? The Nucks seem to be mostly healthy. The Sedins could have a field day with the AHL shut down guys on the roster if the Wild aren't very careful, and as much fun as we direct at Luongo, with many of the offensive threats still out, the chances are going to have to be ugly types.

Pretty has no place here.

Niklas Backstrom comes back again for the Wild, likely with Harding going against the Flames tomorrow. Backstrom has been the difference this week between the two points they do have, and the zero they could have had. He'll need to be huge again tonight.

There has been little doubt cast here at HW this year. There is some strong doubt tonight. Usually they prove us wrong, maybe they can again.

Five Questions:

  1. Can Bouchard make the difference?
  2. Is tonight the night Palmer shows his true talent?
  3. Almond gone, Ortmeyer in. Any difference?
  4. Is Backstrom enough tonight to steal one?
  5. Is it Luongo, or LOLuongo?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: