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Minnesota looks to get their season back on track against Chicago

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If the Minnesota Wild want to be contenders, these next four games will tell us just that. The Wild face off with Chicago, Nashville, Chicago again and Pittsburgh. All of whom are sitting in the top 3 spots in their respective conference. In case you missed it, Mike Yeo was surly furious at practice. Ripping the team up and down with countless F-bombs on his team lack of hustle and awareness. Now if anyone has ever played, watched or is even just aware of hockey; this should not suprise you that a HOCKEY coach is dropping F-bombs. Yet we've really never seen that side of Mike Yeo before at least on camera. Obviously the hope is it lights a fire in this team after losing eight of their last ten.

Its with a heavy heart that we learned today that Zach Parise father and Minnesota hockey icon, JP Parise has passed away. Zach will be away from the team tonight to be with his family. In fact there were a TON of roster moves made today. First, Darcy Kuemper was placed on IR with a lower-body injury and will miss at least a week. John Curry has been recalled but Niklas Backstrom will be starting tonight. Jordan Schroeder & Jonathon Blum have also been recalled from Iowa and will both dress tonight. Blum will skate in the place of Marco Scandella who is out with a "minor" upper-body injury. Schroeder will skate on an all gopher line in place of Parise. Here are the lines for tonight. (I know, I can't believe its already here either)

Zucker - Koivu - Pominville

Vanek - Haula - Schroeder

Nino - Coyle - Fontaine

Carter - Brodziak - Cooke

Suter - Spurgeon

Brodin - Folin

Falk - Blum

The Wild lost its first match of the season against the Blackhawks, 5-3. Backstrom started that one too, stopping 34-38 shots. Corey Crawwwwwwwwwwfoooooooooord will start for the Hawks tonight. Crawford is 5-3-2 with a 2.38 GAA and a .906 SV% in 11 games (10 starts) against Minnesota in his career. Minnesota is 6-4-1 in its last 11 games against Chicago with seven of the contests being decided by one goal and four going to a shootout. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread and RIP Mr. Parise and Go Wild.