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Game 29: Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers Game Thread

The Minnesota Wild look to snap their losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers.

This picture's just as good as any.
This picture's just as good as any.
Hannah Foslien

vs.

7:00 PM at Xcel Energy Center

TV: NBCSN

Radio: Wild.com, KFAN 100.3 FM

The Wild are coming off a four-game losing streak, and it sucks a lot.

Hopefully, the Flyers will be just what the doctor ordered on that front. Despite having a talented team on paper with veterans like Claude Giroux and Vinny Lecalvalier (who is out), as well as young talent in Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, they've struggled to score goals (29th in the NHL). However, they've managed to keep the puck out of their net at a pretty nice rate (7th in the NHL), due to their solid goaltending, led by a surprisingly solid Steve Mason. So basically, they've been a bizarro version of themselves. They currently sit out of the playoff picture, 5th in the Metropolitan Division with 26 points.

The Wild are still missing Mikael Granlund, who is out with what's likely a concussion, and Justin Fontaine will be tonight's scratch, leaving the fourth line as Mike Rupp - Zenon Konopka - Erik Haula. Nate Prosser and Mathew Dumba are out on the defensive end.

Minnesota Wild
Philadelphia Flyers

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville
Nino NiederreiterCharlie Coyle Dany Heatley

Matt Cooke Kyle Brodziak - Torrey Mitchell
Mike Rupp Zenon Konopka - Erik Haula

Ryan SuterJonas Brodin
Marco Scandella Jared Spurgeon
Clayton Stoner - Keith Ballard

Josh Harding - Niklas Backstrom

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Steve Downie
Jay Rosehill - Adam Hall - Zac Rinaldo

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit - Niklas Grossmann
Luke Schenn - Andrej Mezaros

Ray Emery - Steve Mason

Five Questions

1. Will the Wild strike first tonight?

2. Mikko Koivu's carried da team on his back, dude. Does he continue this dominant streak?

3. The Wild started to get back to their possession game against Colorado on Saturday. Do they continue to shake their bad habits?

4. Philadelphia historically has been tough, and this year is no exception, with Zac Rinaldo, Steve Downie, Wayne Simmonds, and even Scott Hartnell known to drop the gloves. Will Yeo's decision to play Zenon Konopka and Mike Rupp be useful to counter this element?

5. How much fun will we poke at Agnes when the Wild triumph over her second favorite team?