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Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators: Game 38

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Minnesota Wild (20-12-5) vs Nashville Predators (18-14-4)

Bridgestone Arena @ 7:00 PM CDTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or

For the Nashville perspective, check out On the Forecheck

Minnesota Wild Nashville Predators

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

Greg Zanon - Marco Scandella
Justin Falk - Nick Schultz
Mike Lundin - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist
Martin Erat - David Legwand - Craig Smith
Jordin Tootoo - Nick Spaling - Colin Wilson
Jerred Smithson - Blake Geoffrion - Matt Halischuk

Ryan Suter - Roman Josi
Francis Bouillon - Jonathon Blum
Jack Hillen - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne
Anders Lindback

Ah, the Nashville Predators. Another soon to be division conference something yet to be named rival. Also, one of personal favorite teams and fan bases.

The bad news first. Jared Spurgeon is out, unsurprisingly. The league felt no need to suspend Cody McLeod, again, unsurprisingly. Tonight, if something happens and a player is driven face first into the boards, don't think twice about it. That's legal now. Or... at least you should be satisfied with a five minute penalty and a goal out of the deal. Never mind you lose one of the best defenders on the team. No big deal.

The Preds come in having lost two straight, and ten points back from the Central Division lead. The worse news? Shea Weber is out indefinitely with a... everyone with me now... concussion. Unreal. They certainly still have the pieces to win with Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter and the like. Still, the loss of Weber will be huge for them.

The Wild need to not worry about the storylines and focus on killing this losing streak. Once it is dead, they need to take it around back and burn it in a sacrificial offering to the hockey gods. It has become a bit ridiculous at this point, as the Wild drop from their place on high to sixth in the conference. Time to start winning again.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. What does it take to actually win?
  2. Will anyone, anyone at all step up for the Wild?
  3. Can the second line rediscover its game?
  4. Is the third line in need of change?
  5. Is this Palmer's breakout game?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: