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Phoenix Coyotes @ Minnesota Wild: Game Preview

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Tonight, the Minnesota Wild (15-6-4) will take on the Phoenix Coyotes (14-6-4) at the Xcel Energy Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m. central.

This will be the first time the two teams have faced off this season. Tonight's game will also be the first of a three game-series between the two teams. Last season, the Wild held a 2-1-0 series advantage against the Coyotes.


Last 10 games: Phoenix 5-3-2; Minnesota 7-2-1

Projected Minnesota Wild lines: Currently, the forward lines are a work in progress for the Minnesota Wild with all of the injuries.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are ranked 23rd in goals scored, and are ranked seventh in goals against. The Wild are also ranked seventh (21.6) on the power play, and are ranked 25th on the penalty kills (78.6).

Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes are ranked third in goals scored, and are ranked 27th in goals against. The Coyotes are also ranked eighth on the power play, and are ranked 28th on the penalty kill (76.1).

Who's Hot: Josh Harding 13-3-2, 1.48 GAA, .939 save percentage (2nd NHL in shutouts, GAA and save percentage), Mikko Koivu (5g-16a-21pts) and has (3g-3a-6pts) last five games.

Who's Not: Jason Pominville who has scored (0g-1a-1pts) a minus (-4) last five games. Matt Cooke (0g-1a-1pts) a minus (-2 ) last five games. Before he was injured Mikael Granlund (0-g-0a-0pts) Minus (-1) last five games.

Morning Skate: You will never believe who showed up at the morning skate today? Zach Parise! Parise skated with the top line for line rushes, but as the practiced went on his injury became too painful for him to continue. That's a good sign for the Minnesota Wild. Initially it sounded like Zach might be able to beat the odds and play tonight, but he won't. According to Parise, he's going to take it day-to-day.

Injury Report:

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are banged up and dealing with some serious injury issues. Zach Parise (listed as out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury). Goalie: Josh Harding (lower body) and forwards: Torrey Mitchell (leg) and Mikael Granlund (upper body) are questionable for tonight's game. Defenseman: Keith Ballard (leg).

Wild starting to recover: According to Michael Russo, Ballard will play tonight. Grandlund (questionable), and Mitchell (doubtful) practiced today.

Phoenix Coyotes: Forwards: Shane Doan, Lauri Korpikoski (IR). Defenseman: Zbynek Michalek (IR) are all injured for the Coyotes.