|Anaheim has the League’s best power play at 27.8 percent, due to its success on the man advantage of late. The Ducks have gone 11-for-28 over the last 10 games.
Mikko’s older broth Saku Koivu skates for the Ducks. Tonight marks the 16th game all-time between brothers, Saku (ANA and MTL). In 15 contests, Saku has scored six points (2-4=6), while Mikko has scored 10 points (4-6=10).
|The first 5,000 fans at Xcel Energy Center will receive a Ryan Suter Player Card Magnet, No. 3 in the set of 4.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Ryan Suter just keeps rolling, currently on a Wild season-best, seven-game point streak (1-8=9). The blueliner ranks T-2nd in the NHL in assists amongst defensemen (17), and T-4th in points (18).
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|Looks like the Wild will have the same fowards in the lineup as Sunday:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
Tom Gilbert will be back from an illness that kept him out of the lineup in the team’s last outing:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Niklas Backstrom earned victories on back-to-back nights this weekend and is now 8-2-1 in his last 11 games, posting a 1.97 GAA, a .924 SV% and allowing two goals or less eight times in that span.
|It hasn't been easy. I can't count the line combinations that we've had. But it does take time. We have everybody contributing right now. We have roles that are defined and guys that are going out and doing their job.
- Yeo on forwards playing their roles
|Forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Goaltenders Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) and Darcy Kuemper (lower body) are both on Injured Reserve.
|RW Brad Staubitz accrued 246 PIM in 114 games for the Wild (2010-12).||The Wild has been perfect on the penalty kill in eight of its last 10 games, killing 25-of-27 (92.6%) chances in that stretch. Minnesota’s home-ice PK (88.9%) ranks third in the NHL, while its overall penalty kills ranks fourth in the league (86.5%). The Wild is 10-4-1 when not allowing a power-play goal.|
|Wild vs. Anaheim will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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