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Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers: Game 39

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Minnesota Wild (20-12-6) vs Edmonton Oilers (15-17-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 PM CDTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Edmonton perspective, check out Behind the Net

Minnesota Wild Edmonton Oilers

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

Jared Spurgeon - Marco Scandella
Justin Falk - Nick Schultz
Mike Lundin - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Sam Gagner
Ben Eager - Eric Belanger - Ryan Jones
Darcy Hordichuk - Anton Lander - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Colten Teubert - Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham - Corey Potter

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Last game of the year against the worst team in the Northwest division. Last time we have to deal with the constant bombardment about crap we don't care about from a fan base we care even less about. This may call for champagne.

Moving on.

Matt Kassian has been called up for the Wild. No idea if he will be in the game until the lineups are announced, but we will keep you posted. If he does play, plenty of story lines there. Has Darcy Hordichuk been waiting for ten years to fight Kassian? Is Mr. Petrell in for his first lesson in old school NHL justice? We'll have to wait and see, but our bet is that Kassian wasn't called up to fill a press box seat.

As for the game... you know, the part that actually matters... the Oilers have found their groove against a majorly slumping Wild team. Still, Niklas Backstrom is in for the Wild, and he owns the Oilers. Even if he lost the last one, I cannot remember a time he lost to the Oilers at the X. Of course, his career long beat down of a single team is too small of a sample size, so we'll just pretend it doesn't matter.

The Wild have reached the land of lunacy and ridiculousness. They need a win, and they have in front of them an opponent more than willing to give it to them. If they play the system (something they have not been doing) and put forth the effort the did last night, this could be a fun one to watch. With it being the back side of a back to back with travel, how fast the Wild can find their legs will be critical.

If nothing else, the Wild owe their fans a win simply for having to put up with the Oilers, and their fans, for six games so early in the season.

Five Questions:

  1. If Kassian plays, who is he here to talk to?
  2. Can Backstrom reassert his ownership of the Oilers?
  3. Is tonight the night the top line reawakens?
  4. This is the end of the road for Wild vs Oil six times a year. Does anyone care?
  5. How many statisticians does it take to change a light bulb?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: