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Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks: Game 72

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Minnesota Wild (29-32-10) vs Vancouver Canucks (43-20-8)

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

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct

Minnesota Wild Vancouver Canucks

Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Palmieri
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Stephane Veilleux - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer
Matt Kassian - Erik Christensen - Darroll Powe

Marco Scandella - Clayton Stoner
Steven Kampfer - Tom Gilbert
Nate Prosser - Justin Falk

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
David Booth - Ryan Kesler - Chris Higgins
Zack Kassian - Samuel Pahlsson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Alexander Edler - Marc-Andre Gragnani
Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Aaron Rome - Chris Tanev

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

The Nucks are in town. Normally this would be a really big deal. In the current situation, it amounts to just another game. Even in the midst of the Dive for Top Five, beating the Canucks is at the top of everyone's priority list. Of course, the odds are not in favor of that happening, but it sure wouldn't be unwelcome.

Roberto Luongo, he of the small sample size, will be benched here in St. Paul yet again. Even in what amounts to a throw away game for the Canucks, the guy still can't get into a game at the X. Tell me his coach has faith in him winning a game here. Go on... tell me. You're nuts.

Josh Harding gets the start, Niklas Backstrom backs him up, Matt Hackett goes back to Houston. Other than that, no other major changes to note. Is Harding enough to spark the team to victory? We'll see, but the doubts are pretty strong. The Nucks should come out of this with an easy two points.

Of course, this is the Minnesota Wild, and they tend to own the Nucks when they really shouldn't. So who knows.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. How does Harding look after a long layoff?
  2. Anyone on this team capable of hitting 50 points?
  3. Anyone want to play some defense? Anyone at all?
  4. Do we get to see Lu? Or is he tucked safely in a quiet room?
  5. Can Burrows behave himself in a meaningless game?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: