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San Jose Sharks @ Minnesota Wild: Game Preview

The Wild will look to rebound against the Sharks after a really disappointing loss in Columbus.

Thearon W. Henderson

The San Jose Sharks are in St. Paul to take on the Minnesota Wild. Don't forget that the game starts at 5 PM. This will be the first meeting between these two teams this season. The Wild will be in San Jose on Thursday night.

Today's game will mark the return of Brent Burns, Martin Havlat (unlikely to play) and James Sheppard at the Xcel Energy Center. St. Paul native Alex Stalock and Minneapolis native Justin Braun will be in town as well.

The Wild are 17-9-5 with 39 points while the Sharks are 19-5-5 with 43 points. They're respectively 7th and 3rd in the western conference.

In Wild news and notes, Josh Harding gets the start. Zenon Konopka will be back for either Justin Fontaine, Erik Haula or Mike Rupp. The top three lines should stay intact, for the start of the game at least.

As for the enemy side, it appears that the Sharks might shuffle their lines after two consecutive losses in Pittsburgh and Carolina. They'll also look to rebound.

The game will be on Fox Sports North. If you can't watch it, it'll also be on KFAN 100.3 FM.

Finally, let's hope for a good clean game with no injuries. May the best team win.

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