|Phoenix has lost six in a row – including three shutouts. The Coyotes lost four of those by one goal, including Monday’s matchup. Phoenix has slipped to last in the Pacific Division during losing streak in which it has been outscored 16-5. Despite the skid, the Yotes are four points outside of the eighth playoff spot. But they are on a three-game road trip and are 0-4-1 over its last five away from home.||
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The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Zach Parise has 12 points (6-6=12) in his last nine game, including his third three-point game of the season Monday in Dallas. He has a team-best 14 goals this season and ranks second with 27 points. He ranks fourth in the NHL in shots, while he ranks 10th in TOI/game amongst all forwards.
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|It looks like the Wild will keep it rolling with the same lines as Monday:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Bouchard – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
The blue line will look the same as well:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Niklas Backstrom has started both games against the Coyotes this season, going 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .919 SV%. He is 12-9-0 with a 2.16 GAA, a .931 SV% and three shutouts in 21 career starts versus Phoenix.
|I love the way that we're scoring goals. There's skill involved, but it's matching our identity that we're a hard team. We're physical, we defend hard and we're going to be hard offensively with the way we get to the net and the way we wear on teams.
- Yeo on the team scoring gritty goals
|Nate Prosser and Brett Clark will be the defensemen out tonight. Forward Jake Dowell also will be a healthy scratch.
Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
|Defenseman Zbynek Michalek skated in 22 games with Minnesota in 2003-04.||Minnesota, which has won six in a row in regulation for the first time in team history, could tie the NHL season high (Pittsburgh) tonight with a seventh straight regulation victory.|
|Wild vs. Phoenix 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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