|Shane Doan is quickly approaching several franchise milestones. With 322 career goals, the Captain is now one goal away from tying Keith Tkachuk (323) for 2nd on the franchise’s all-time goals list behind Dale Hawerchuk (379). Doan also moved within three points of 800 for his career and within 20 points of Thomas Steen (817) for second place in franchise history behind Dale Hawerchuk at 929 points.||Phoenix International Raceway hosts a free ‘FanFest’ with the newly crowned 2013 Daytona 500®, Jimmie Johnson today at Westgate Entertainment District. Johnson will also be on ice tonight to drop the ceremonial first puck.
The Wild will wear its WHITE road sweaters tonight.
|Ryan Suter netted his third, two-assist game of the season Tuesday and now has seven helpers in the last eight games, leading Minnesota with 11 assists on the year. He leads all NHL players in TOI/game at 27:39.
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|The Wild lineup is the same but Granlund has move up a line:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Granlund – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Rupp
The D-pairs will also stay the same:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Niklas Backstrom is 4-1-1 in his last six starts with a 1.45 goals against average and a .943 save percentage allowing only one goal in each of the four victories. He is 6-5-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .939 SV% in 11 starts in Phoenix.
|That’s what good teams do. They have different guys contributing, different guys bringing good hockey and momentum shifts to your team. You need different people finding ways to contribute.
- Yeo on all four foward lines
|Forward Zenon Konopka will be tonight’s healthy scratch, along with defenseman Nate Prosser.
Cal Clutterbuck is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury, as is Josh Harding as he deals with multiple sclerosis treatments..
|D Zbynek Michalek skated in 22 games with Minnesota in 2003-04. RW Nick Johnson skated in 77 games with the Wild last season.||That’s what good teams do. They have different guys contributing, different guys bringing good hockey and momentum shifts to your team. You need different people finding ways to contribute.|
|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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