|Pavel Datsyuk has five points in two meetings with Minnesota this season. The winger is riding a four-game point streak after his three-assist performance Saturday against the Canucks. Zetterberg’s two-goal outburst against the Canucks ended a nine-game goalless drought.||Tonight at Joe Louis Arena is Going Green Night, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the Wild’s Forrest Green. The first 5,000 fans will receive a Lunch Cooler sponsored by DTE Energy.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard is on a three-game point streak since rejoining the Wild lineup. The winger has five points (1-4=5) during the stretch and has scored two points in each of his last two games.
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|If Mike Rupp is still unavailable, it will keep the same lineup:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Bouchard – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Zucker
The D-pairs will remain the same if Tom Gilbert is unable to go:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Prosser
Niklas Backstrom made a season-high 35 saves Monday. Backstrom is 11-3-1 in his last 15 games, posting a 2.12 GAA, a .922 SV% and allowing two goals or less 10 times in that span. Backstrom has started 12 of the team’s last 13 games and played in his 350th game Monday. Since 2/9, Backstrom leads the NHL with 11 wins.
|It’s fun to be on the bench and listen to the guys talk and say the things that they’re saying. It’s a good focus right now.
- Yeo about being on the bench during its current stretch
|Mike Rupp missed last game with a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. Tom Gilbert has an undisclosed injury and is also day-to-day.
Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
|Patrick Eaves attended high school at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.||The Wild scored six goals Saturday (6-3 at COL) for the first time since 1/19/11, a 6-0 win in Calgary. Minnesota has scored four or more goals even times this season, including in five of the last 10 games. During that nine-game stretch (since Feb. 28), Minnesota ranks T-6th in the NHL at 3.60 goals per game.|
|Wild at Detroit will be broadcast nationally in high definition on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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