|The Oilers stand one point behind Minnesota in the Northwest Division. Edmonton plays two home games (vs. Phoenix on Saturday) before hitting the road for a nine-game, 17-day road trip.
The Oilers are headlined up front by a number of young high-draft picks. Same Gagner and Taylor Hall lead the team with 16 points apiece. Last summer’s first overall pick, Nail Yakupov, is tied for second on the team in goals with five.
|At every Edmonton home game, one child will be selected to stand with five Oilers for the singing of the national anthem as part of the ENMAX Energy Kid program.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters.
|In the two games since being reunited, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Dany Heatley have reestablished its early season chemistry. Koivu and Heatley have a goal and two assists, while Parise has a goal and an assist. Koivu and Parise lead the team in scoring with 12 points, while Heatley is right behind them with nine.
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|Pierre-Marc Bouchard will reenter the lineup:
The blue line will remain the same as last outing:
Suter – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Brodin
Prosser – Stoner
Backstrom is 22-3-1 with a 1.81 GAA, a .933 SV% and four shutouts in 28 starts against the Oilers.
|We’ll get a look at a lot of good young players tomorrow…this game is not about their young guys against our young guys; It’s about the Minnesota Wild versus the Edmonton Oilers.
- Yeo on team's youth
|Defenseman Justin Falk and forwards Johan Larsson and Zenon Konopka will be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Josh Harding didn't make the trip as he deals with multiple sclerosis.
|Nick Schultz spent parts of 10 seasons with the Wild (2001- 12). He is the franchise leader in games played (743) and ranks 10th all time in points and seventh in assists (26-102=128). C Eric Belanger collected 108 points (39-69=108) in 214 games with the Wild (2007-10). LW Ryan Jones was drafted by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. C Chris VandeVelde is a native of Moorhead.||A quirk in the 2011-12 schedule saw all six Wild/Oilers games happen before the New Year; tonight marks the team’s first matchup in 420 days since 12/29/11. At most, eight Wild skaters remain on the roster from that game.|
|Wild at Oilers will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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