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Minnesota Wild @ Washington Capitals: Game 75

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Minnesota Wild (31-33-10) vs Washington Capitals (37-30-8)

Verizon Center @ 4:00 PM CDTTelevision: NBCSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Washington perspective, check out Japers' Rink

Minnesota Wild Washington Capitals

Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck - Kyle Brodziak - Erik Christensen
Darroll Powe - Chad Rau - Nick Johnson
Jed Ortmeyer - Warren Peters - Stephane Veilleux

Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser
Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert
Kurtis Foster - Steven Kampfer

Matt Hackett
Josh Harding

Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer
Marcus Johansson - Jeff Halpern - Keith Aucoin

Karl Alzner - Dennis Wideman
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - John Carlson

Braden Holtby
Michal Neuvirth

The Wild had a chance to play spolier last night, and couldn't pull it off. This afternoon, they get a second chance, as they can deal a blow to the Capitals' playoff hopes. With the Caps just two points back from the Sbares (courtesy of the two points the Wild gave them), the Caps are going to be just as hungry as the Sabres were last night.

Of course, things don't get any easier at this point. Matt Cullen is out for the season with a broken finger, meaning Chad Rau will be in the lineup. It also sounds as though Hackett will get the nod, giving Harding a break after playing last night. No big deal. It's not like the Caps have a guy like Ovechkin in their lineup or anything.

If the Wild want to win this one, they need to find a way to get some shots on goal. That may sound like Madden level advice, but it is also true. The Caps have, shall we say, soft netminders. Scoring against them shouldn't be a major issue, unless they put forth a Wild-like effort and only put on 15 SOG.

Another interesting night ahead as the Wild are, again, one point away from the third overall pick, with the Isles plaing the Panthers and the Habs idle.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. Rau is back. Can he make himself noticed?
  2. Paging Mr. Koivu. Mr. Koivu, you are wantd on the scoresheet. Is tonight the night?
  3. Is the loss of Cullen felt?
  4. Who is this Ovechkin guy?
  5. Hows does Hackett look against some solid threats?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: