|Mikko Koivu’s older brother, Saku, leads the team in scoring with 7 points (1-6=7). Finnish countryman and ageless wonder, Teemu Selanne, has three goals and two assists on the year. Ryan Getzlaf (2-3=5) and Corey Perry (1-3=4) are the Ducks’ other top offensive threats.||It’s a nice gesture, but is unlikely tonight against the Wild—for every game (home and away), if the Ducks score 5 or more goals, fan can bring their game tickets or go to anaheimducks.com/hooters to print out a coupon for free Wings at all So Cal Hooters locations.|
|Tom Gilbert has been an offensive powerhouse to start the year. With an assist Wednesday, he holds a four-game point streak (2-4=6). Entering play Thursday, he was T-8th in scoring among all NHL defensemen with six points in seven games this season. He’s faired well against Anaheim, totaling 13 points (2-11=13) in 16 career games against the Ducks.
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|At the morning skate, Matt Cullen was on the second line, while Pierre-Marc Bouchard flipped to the third:
Parise – Koivu – Heatley
Cullen – Granlund – Setoguchi
Bouchard – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Powe
The defensive pairings were the same:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella
The Wild will ride the hot hand of Niklas Backstrom. Last season against the Ducks, he was 1-1-0 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.51 goals against average. Backstrom is 8-5-0 with a 2.43 goal against average, a .917 save percentage and one shutout in 13 career starts against Anaheim.
|Sometimes other things trump the matchup you want to get…Sometimes you need other guys to step up in those situations.
- Yeo on getting good line match ups on the road
|Forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Jared Spurgeon participated in the morning skate but is still day-to-day with a lower body injury.
|RW Brad Staubitz accrued 246 PIM in 114 games for the Wild (2010-12).||With last season’s series split between the Wild and Ducks, the road team won every time.|
|Wild at Ducks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports Nort with a start time at 9:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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