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Sid and company come to town to for an obvious Stanley Cup preview.

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Tonight your Central division leaders welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins in what should be an absolute (Jim Ross reference) slobber-knocker! The Pens own the leagues best offense, averaging a ridiculous four goals per game and supporting the leagues best power play. The Pens are converting 41.9 percent of their PP which ranks first in the NHL. Both Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin have been their usual insanely skilled selves registering 19 & 15 points respectively. However the smartest thing the Pens are doing is sitting Marc-Andre Fleury who has been tamed (sorry, bad pun) by the Wild on multiple occasions. Fleury has never won a start against the Wild sporting a 3.76 GAA and a .853 SV% in five career starts.

On the contrary to Pittsburgh's great offense, the Wild own the best defense in the league allowing a league low 1.8 goals per game and an offense that has erupted this season scoring 3.4 goals per game good for 3rd in the NHL. The Wild have out-shot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 350-229 advantage through 10 games. Minnesota’s four goals Saturday marked the team’s fifth consecutive game of scoring four-plus goals, setting a franchise record of five straight games with four-plus goals. Minnesota has posted a 1.60 goals-per-game goal differential ranking, second to only Pittsburgh’s 1.90. Again, Stanley. Cup. Preview. Okay Im getting a bit carried away... dfgh

Doctor Russo told us today that Keith Ballard may have the mumps. Ballard said he had been fatigued like none other in the last week. He may be able to return in the upcoming road trip. Mike Yeo said Ryan Carter should be back in the lineup tonight, pending a setback in warmups. No other changes in the lineup tonight either as Darcy Kuemper will start for Minnesota. Including post-season, Kuemper is 16-3-2 with a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV% at Xcel Energy Center. What's a Crosby? Go Wild.