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San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild: Game Day edition

The Minnesota Wild are back at the Xcel Energy Center after going 0-2-0 on their final road trip of the regular season. Is this the night they clinch a playoff birth?

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The Minnesota Wild are back at home tonight verses the San Jose Sharks at 7 pm. As shown above, you can watch the game on FS-N or NHL.TV; You can also listen to it on 100.3 KFAN. They play the Sharks for the third and final time this regular season. The Wild are on a 3 game losing streak while the Sharks are on a 1 game winning streak.

Last Game:

The previous two games against the Sharks have gone as follows:

Dec. 12th: MIN 2, SJ 0

Jan. 23rd: MIN 3, SJ 4

The Wild need to get back on track and win the final games of the season. Momentum is big in hockey and if they don't start getting it going towards them and using it the will not be successful and will have another early playoff exit if they even make the playoffs. The Wild are also coming off of a brutal 5-1 loss in Winnipeg and are looking to redeem themselves.

Match up Preview:

The Wild are coming off of a disappointing past 3 games against the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets. In two of the three games they were trailing and unable to tie it up. The Wild have a better record when scoring first like most teams; playing catch up is very difficult especially in the NHL. The Wild have hopes of clinching a playoff birth and tonight could maybe just maybe be the night.

The Sharks have already clinched a playoff spot so this game isn't as big for them; wins are always good though and going into the playoffs hot can make a big difference especially in the pacific and central divisions who have teams like the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues etc. and players like Patrick Kane, Tyler Seguin, Corey Perry, Anze Kopitar etc.

Interesting/Upsetting Stats:

Mikael Granlund decided to show up when others didn't; he has 2 goals in last 3 games.

Brent Burns is the top goal scoring Defensemen in the NHL with 27; he also has 47 assists for a total of 74 points, the Wild will have to pay attention to him.

Who's Hot?

Mikael Granlund- As I said before he has 2 goals in the past 3 games and 5 points in his last 5 games.

Brent Burns- 8 points (1-6=8) in last 5 games, was named NHL's second star of the week last week.

Who's Not?

Charlie Coyle- 0 points in last 5 games after a hot streak for a little bit.

Tommy Wingels- 2 points in last 5 games.