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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game 81

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Minnesota Wild (34-35-11) vs Chicago Blackhawks (44-26-10)

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

For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey

Minnesota Wild Chicago Blackhawks

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

Tom Gilbert - Nate ProsserJustin Falk - Marco ScandellaKurtis Foster - Tyler Cuma

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Viktor Stalberg - Andrew Shaw - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Patrick Sharp
Andrew Brunette - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa
Brandon Bollig - Brendan Morrison - Jamal Mayers

Brent Seabrook - Duncan Keith
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Sean O'Donnell

Corey Crawford
Ray Emery

The Wild begin the last homestand of the 2011-2012 season facing off with the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in five days (Chicago hasn't played since losing to the Wild on Sunday). The Blackhawks need to win out and get some help to secure home ice in the first round of the playoffs. No Jonathan Toews, who is still feeling effects from a concussion, but Duncan Keith returns after missing five games after elbowing Daniel Sedin in the head.

Let's be honest, there's not much to say. There are two games left in the season and the Wild are playing well right now against teams who are heading to the post-season. It's frustrating, but that's the reality of it all.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. Four straight games in which the Wild have earned points. Does it end tonight?
  2. How does Tyler Cuma look?
  3. Josh Harding in net tonight. Been a while. Will he be rusty?
  4. Can Dany Heatley continue his hot streak?
  5. Duncan Keith back in the lineup tonight. Will he make an impact?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: