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Minnesota Wild vs Boston Bruins: Game 59

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Minnesota Wild (25-24-9) vs Boston Bruins (35-19-2)

Xcel Energy Center @ 2:30 PM CSTTelevision: NBCSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Boston perspective, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder

Minnesota Wild Boston Bruins

Devin Setoguchi - Matt Cullen - Dany Heatley
Nick Johnson - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Chad RauErik Christensen - Jed Ortmeyer - Jeff Taffe

Nick Schultz - Jared Spurgeon
Greg Zanon
- Marek Zidlicky
Nate Prosser
- Marco Scandella

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Benoit Pouliot
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron
Gregory Campbell - Joshua Hennessy - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Adam McQuaid - Andrew Ference

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

It's "Hockey Day in America." To celebrate, we have a pop quiz.

Multiple choice question of the day. Which choice is the most embarrassing?

A. The Wild are likely to lose a game to a team that has Benoit Pouliot on the roster
B. Benoit Pouliot has a decent chance of having his name etched on the Stanley Cup
C. The Wild having lost 23 of their last 27 games.

It is a tough decision, but for most of the you, the answer is not likely to be C. If it is, please take a moment to reflect on A and B and get back to us.

Let's face it, the Wild are, with near certainty, going to get crushed today. Teams that get mad when they lose to the Vancouver Canucks, but not when they lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets twice in five days don't beat the defending Stanley Cup champions. Some teams, after getting trounced the night before, would come out with a chip on their shoulder and assert their ownership of this particular pond. Not the Wild, and not against the Bruins.

The Wild have struggled against Steve Mason and a host of backup goaltenders. Is there any belief out there that they will some how solve Thomas or Rask? The Wild have struggled against defenses like those of the Blue Jackets with James Wisniewski as their leader. Is there any belief they can get past or stop Zdeno Chara? The Wild have found it difficult to stop the offense of the lowest scoring teams in hockey. Is there a belief they can stop Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin?

If the answer to any of the rhetorical questions above is "yes," you are a stoic fan in your belief. You may also be a candidate for the new anti-delusional drug study.

Mikko Koivu remains out. Warren Peters suspended. A rag tag bunch of Houston Aeros, teamed with a group of Wild players that clearly have given up face the defending Stanley Cup champions. The word on the street says the Bruins have struggled off and on. The Wild are just what the Bruins need to get back on track.

Of course, there is always a chance the Wild pull together and find a way to win this game. Although, there is also a chance that peace is found in the Middle East, gas prices drop under a dollar a gallon, and Harley Davidson will simply ship me a Dyna Street Bob for free.

I'm not holding my breath.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. Is there a shred of pride to be found?
  2. Zidlicky back in the lineup. Over under for plus / minus is set at -3. What you got?
  3. How is it possible Benoit Pouliot still has a job?
  4. National TV audience today, does that make it worse?
  5. Anyone left to blame? Maybe Congress?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: