|The Blues are battling for a playoff spot, but haven’t helped themselves, currently on a three-game losing streak. St. Louis will have a new face on the blue line, as the team traded for Minnesota-native Jordan Leopold for a 2013 second-round and conditional fifth-round NHL Draft picks from the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.||During the first intermission of tonight's contest, the TRIA Shootout will feature youth skaters from Red Wing.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Mikko Koivu leads the Wild with 33 points (9-24=33) this season, including 11 (3-8=11) in a season-best, seven-game point streak and a career-best 19 points (6-13=19) in March. He leads Minnesota with 11 multi-point games this year and is plus-11 over his last 10 games.
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|Torrey Mitchell is expected to return to the lineup after missing last game with an illness:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Bouchard – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
If the blue line remains unchanged:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Backstrom is 6-6-1 with a 2.83 goals against average, a .899 save percentage and one shutout in 13 starts against the Blues.
|What can you say? When your best players are working like that, it’s a fun thing for a coach.
- Yeo on the play of Mikko Koivu
|If the blue line remains the same as last game, Justin Falk and Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
|David Backes is a native of Minneapolis, Minn. and played three seasons at Minnesota State Mankato (2003-06). RW Jamie Langenbrunner hails from Cloquet. RW T.J. Oshie played high school hockey in Warroad. Leopold is from Golden Valley and played at the University of Minnesota.||The Wild went 11-4-0 in March to tie a franchise-record for wins in a month (Nov. 2011, 11-4-0). It marked the fourth time in franchise history the team totaled at least 10 wins in a single month.|
|Wild vs. Blues 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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