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Minnesota Wild vs Saint Louis Blues: Game 55

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Minnesota Wild (29-20-5) vs Saint Louis Blues (24-20-9)

Xcel Energy Center @ 8:00PM CDT Television: FSN (HD)
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Minnesota Wild
Saint Louis Blues

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brad Staubitz - John Madden - Chuck Kobasew

Clayton Stoner - Greg Zanon
Nick Schultz -Brent Burns
Jared Spurgeon - Kobe Bryant

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Andy McDonald - David Backes - Brad Boyes
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - T.J. Oshie
Brad Winchester - Jay McClement - Matt D`Agostini
Vladimir Sobotka - B.J. Crombeen - Cam Janssen

Alex Pietrangelo - Barret Jackman
Eric Brewer - Erik Johnson
Nikita Nikitin - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak
Ty Conklin

Hockey Day Minnesota wraps up with the back half of the home & home with the Blues. A big two points last night in what can only be described as a crazy game. The Wild never led in the game, but still got the win. How often does that happen?

Nothing changes from last night. From what I read about the game (I did not watch it), the Wild did everything it took to win, just were not fortunate enough to get there first. Hard work (Sorry Tom) and resilience were the name of the game, and the Wild put it all together just in time.

Certainly would have been nice to see the teams in front of the Wild NOT play a three point game, but the Wild di what they needed to do. Keep the focus on what you can control. Play your game, and win. Let the standings sort themselves out.

Tonight, the Wild need to get a lead. Come out fast, put a couple on the board, and get the crowd involved. Backstrom returns to the net, so they will need to protect him tonight, and they certainly seem more willing to do that. No secrets here. Learn from yesterday, and then put it behind you. They know what it takes to beat the Blues, they just need to go out and do it.

Five Questions:

  1. Koivu was involved last night, but no goals. Can he light the lamp tonight?
    The defense was not really there last night. Do they turn that around?
    Backes owned the Wild with two goals, do they have a solution?
    Will the Wilderness show up for this one?
    Can the Wild cap off Hockey Day Minnesota with a win?