|Longtime Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, has skated in 1,200 career NHL games all with the organization (including one year in Winnipeg). Offensively, Radim Vrbata leads the team with 9 points (3-6=9).||It’s “Kids Free Nights” at Jobing.com Arena. This offer allows up to two (2) free kids tickets (12 and under) of equal value with the purchase of a full-priced ticket.|
|Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom will get the start tonight, and has been outstanding of late. In his last three games, Backstrom is 2-1-0, with a 1.66 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
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|The Wild has done a lot of line shifting for tonight's game:
Parise – Koivu – Heatley
Coyle – Cullen – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Granlund – Konopka – Setoguchi
The defensive pairings remain the same:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella
Backstrom is 11-8-0 with a 2.12 GAA, a .932 SV% and three shutouts in 19 career starts versus Phoenix.
|I don’t think of it as first, second, third or fourth lines. Everybody’s got a job to do out there.
- Yeo on line combinations and who plays where
|Forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Jared Spurgeon is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury.
|D Zbynek Michalek skated in 22 games with Minnesota in 2003-04. RW Nick Johnson skated in 77 games with the Wild last season.||The last time a Wild player recorded a hat trick was Guillaume Latendresse on January 16, 2010 at Jobing.com Arena in a 6-4 loss.|
|Wild at Coyotes will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 8:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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