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Minnesota Aeros vs Edmonton Oilers: Game 81

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Minnesota Wild Aeros (37-35-8) vs Edmonton Oilers (25-44-11)

Rexall Place @ 8:00 PM CDT Television: FSN (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com, or locally at WCCO.com

For the Edmonton perspective, check out The Copper & Blue

Minnesota Aeros
Edmonton Oilers

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Kyle Brodziak - Jed Ortmeyer
Brad Staubitz - Eric Nystrom - Colton Gillies
Matt Cullen - Carson McMillan - Chuck Kobasew

Maxim Noreau - Greg Zanon
Justin Falk -Brent Burns
Jared Spurgeon - Clayton Stoner

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Jordan Eberle - Chris Vande Velde - Teemu Hartikainen
Magnus Paajarvi - Andrew Cogliano - Linus Omark
Ryan Jones - Ryan O`Marra - Liam Reddox
Jean-Francois Jacques - Colin Fraser - Steve MacIntyre

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Theo Peckham - Jason Strudwick
Jeff Petry - Jim Vandermeer

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Game preview, huh? Let's see here...

There are few things in sports more depressing than games that don't mean anything. One of those things is when the team you follow doesn't show up for those games. As the season winds down, the players seem to have given up on the season, on the fans, and on each other. While the news from the locker room says they feel terribly about it, it has been game after game and no one has done anything about it.

Thus, going into a meaningless game against the worst team in the NHL still brings absolutely no joy to Mudville. None of the players fans want to watch are playing, there is no meaning to the game, and the players who are suiting up are not putting forth the effort an NHL fan pays for.

So, a game preview? It may be more appropriate to write a eulogy.

Neither team has any desire to play this game, let alone to win it. The "kids" in Edmonton at least understand there on contracts and jobs on the line. Nothing coming from the opposition locker room says the Wild understand that. Should be a fairly depressing event this evening, to be quite honest. Wild fans will watch, they will gather, and they will likely find a whole new way to be disappointed.

But hey... enjoy!

Five Questions:

  1. Will someone, anyone, step up and show some fire?
  2. Jose Theodore is playing for a contract, does it show?
  3. Pride. Any of that to be seen tonight?
  4. So, how about those Swarm, eh?
  5. Has there ever been a time Wild fans wanted an off-season more than this one?