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Minnesota WIld @ Philadelphia Flyers: Game 46

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Minnesota Wild (22-16-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-13-4)

Wells Fargo Center @ 6:00 PM CSTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or

For the Philadelphia perspective, check out Broad Street Hockey

Minnesota Wild Philadelphia Flyers

Dany Heatley - Matt Cullen - Nick Johnson
Darroll Powe - Kyle Brodziak - Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck - Warren Peters - David McIntyre
Brad Staubitz - Carson McMillan - Casey Wellman

Marek Zidlicky - Mike Lundin
Nick Schultz - Justin Falk
Jared Spurgeon - Clayton Stoner

Josh Harding
Matt Hackett

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Maxime Talbot - Danny Briere - Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds - Brayden Schenn - Matt Read
Jody Shelley - Sean Couturier - Harry Zolnierczyk

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Matt Carle
Erik Gustafsson - Andrej Meszaros

Ilya Bryzgalov
Sergei Bobrovsky

If you thought it was injuries, giving up on the system and each other, a roster in constant flux, and players being passive and soft on the puck were the cause of the Wild's woes, rejoice in your wrongitude. As we learned in the comment section for the opposition today, it was all Corsi and on-ice save percentages. Te loss of Koivu did nothing to this team the first round, the hit Pierre-Marc Bouchard took from Bogosian had no impact on his play, Guillaume Latendresse is a terrible hockey player, oh and Mikko Koivu is mediocre.

All good lessons to have going into the game, so that you all know just how big of morons you all are for thinking there was some kind of performance based reasoning to the slide. Enjoy that, everyone.

Also, for anyone who has been around SBNation for more than this season (welcome to those who haven't), remember when you could go to an opposing team's SBNation site and not instantly be treated like a pariah? Those were the days.

To the game, as if it actually matters.

The Flyers have proven themselves to be a better team than the Wild, despite injuries to their roster as well. Chris Pronger is out with a concussion, a little karmic irony if there ever was any, meaning he won't be out there patrolling the ice, which would give the Wild a better chance to win, if not for their complete ineptitude on the ice. The list of players who have been inured for the Flyers is nearly as long as that of the Wild. The biggest difference is that HWSRN did not draft the guys who fill in for injured Flyers.

Of course, injuries are no excuse, especially when the injured players can be filled in for by guys who should likely be in the NHL anyway.

in order to win this game, the Wild need to hope for a rip in the space-time continuum and for the Flyers to play one of their worst games of the year. Look at the lineup the Wild is going to put out there tonight. We're not convinced this lineup could beat most AHL squads, let alone one of the best in the East.

See, there we did it again. The players in the lineup make no difference. How can we possibly get past this belief that who is playing matters? Perhaps some electro-convulsive therapy. Bring it on.

Enjoy the game. Or, what passes as a game these days.

Five Questions:

  1. Has to be asked - Can the Wild rally around each other and pull out a win?
  2. How bad can it look without Koivu?
  3. Will anyone on the team step up to play some defense?
  4. Harding with his fourth straight start. How long is he in a Wild sweater?
  5. Can we get through this one without a lecture?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: