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Minnesota Wild @ Phoenix Coyotes: Game 68

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Minnesota Wild (28-29-10) vs Phoenix Coyotes (33-25-9) Arena @ 8:00 PM CSTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or

For the Phoenix perspective, check out Five For Howling

Minnesota Wild Phoenix Coyotes

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

Marco Scandella - ?
Steven Kampfer - Tom Gilbert
Nate Prosser - Justin Falk

Josh Harding
Matt Hackett

Ray Whitney - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan
Raffi Torres - Daymond Langkow - Gilbert Brule
Mikkel Boedker - Boyd Gordon - Taylor Pyatt

Keith Yandle - Adrian Aucoin
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michal Rozsival
Chris Summers - David Rundblad

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

Well, Tyler Cuma was supposed to make his debut, per Russo, but it turns out no one is above Murphy's Law. Cuma tweeted that he missed the connecting flight from Houston to Phoenix, so he will not be in the lineup. That kid just cannot catch a break. Who skates instead? Probably no one. Should be good times.

On to the game.

Games against the Coyotes just don't have the same appeal as those against other teams. For one, we get along far too well with Yotes fans. It doesn't help that we're friends with the guy who runs the Yotes sister site. I mean, how are we supposed to poke fun and enrage them when they know all the buttons we're going to press (mostly because they helped devise those buttons).

Ah well, we'll have to muddle through.

As hard as it is to accept, the Wild need to keep losing. The dive for top five is working. The Islanders are playing the Devils. This can be done, folks. With the lineup the Wild have, this can most certainly be done.

The Yotes are fighting for the playoffs. They have a reason to win. The Wild are done. They don't have a reason to win. If you tell there is pride involved, I may question your sanity. The Wild players want to win, I get it. They care, and want to play their damndest to do just that. However, they flat out aren't good enough, and a revenge win just isn't a realistic expectation.

We all want the players to do well. No one is going to scream at them for winning. They deserve a win. However, losses are better for the franchise right now. It's just the way things are, and will be for the rest of the season.

Five Questions:

  1. When does this "puck moving" start?
  2. How big is a moose?
  3. What kind of pie is the best?
  4. Taylor Hall. Draft flop, or biggest draft flop?
  5. Who puts hockey in the desert?*
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:

*That last one was just for Travis. I love the Yotes, and the fact they are where they are.