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Preview: Islanders @ Wild

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Tonight the Minnesota Wild wraps up its four-game homestand and welcome the Kevin Connolly led New York Islanders. The Wild have not played since Friday and boy was that ever a game. Minnesota rallied from a three-goal deficit and even took the lead but fell to Anaheim, 5-4. All of the sudden, Darcy Kuemper had a ROUGH go of it on Friday and especially lately. Niklas Backstrom will start between the pipes and has been MONEY posting a 1.04-GAA in his last four games is 4-2-1 with a 2.17 GAA and a .921 SV% in seven career starts vs. the Islanders. In even better news, Ryan Suter is cured from the mumps and should dress tonight after missing two games. Zach Parise has 40 points (17-23=40) – against the Isladners, his most against any NHL team

The Islanders have won 19 of their first 27 games for the first time in franchise history and are a win away from being the top seed in the east. Jaroslav Halak the former Blues goalie, has been a rock between the pipes and is 2-2-3 with a 2.11 GAA, a .921 SV% and one shutout in eight career starts against the Wild. Our old buddy, Cal Clutterbuck will be at the X tonight, (Who did we trade him for again?) as well as eight Minnesotan natives between both teams.

It sounds like the Wild may have to recall a forward for tonight game if Charlie Coyle remains out with an illness. Christian Folin and Stu Bickel should be scratched tonight. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread.