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GAMEDAY: Wild at Sharks

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 10:22 PM

Minnesota Wild (21-11-2: 44 points, 3rd in Western Conference, 1st in Northwest Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (18-11-6: 42 points, 6th in Western Conference, 3rd in Pacific Division)
BREAKING: The Wild has acquired Buffalo Sabres captain, Jason Pominiville and a 2014 4th-round pick in exchange for goalie Matt Hackett, center Johan Larsson, a 2013 1st-round draft pick and a 2014 2nd-round draft pick.

UPDATED: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper has been recalled from Houston for tonight's game. Nate Prosser is expected to play wing. Forward lines will be a game-time decision. Justin Falk will return to the blue line, in for Brett Clark. 

The Wild kicks off a three game road trip, tonight against the San Jose Sharks. This is the second time these two teams have met, with the Wild taking the first contest at Xcel Energy Center, 2-0, on March 23.

Minnesota will be without center Matt Cullen, who suffered a lower body injury in the club’s last game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. The forward went into the boards awkwardly in the closing minutes of the second period and did not return to the game. He is expected to miss at least two games, as the Wild play on back-to-back nights in California.

Tonight marks the return of Torrey Mitchell to San Jose. The winger skated with the Sharks for four seasons before signing a free-agent contract with the Wild on July 1.

Minnesota suffered a 4-1 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Dany Heatley scored the lone Wild goal, his 10th of the season. Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves in the game.

The Sharks took the ice against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and took home a 3-2 victory. Three goals within 2:13 of each other, by Andrew Desjardins, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, secured the win for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the win. 
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The Sharks are riding a five-game winning streak, the team’s longest since winning seven in a row to open the season. However, they have been one of the most active teams at the trade deadline. San Jose shipped forward Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in exchange for three draft picks. San Jose had already traded defenseman Douglas Murray and forward Michal Handzus. Today, the team acquired defenseman Scott Hannan from Buffalo. You’ll need to stay hydrated and fueled up with plenty of snacks. Here is a map of concession stands inside HP Pavilion to help with that.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
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Torrey Mitchell tallied an assist Monday after missing Saturday’s game with an illness. The former Shark now has a three-game point streak (2-1=3) – his longest since a streak in the final four games of the 2010-11 season (April 4-9).

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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
It looks like Nate Prosser will skate a forward tonight:

Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Heatley - Brodziak – Setoguchi
Mitchell – Bouchard – Clutterbuck
Prosser – Konopka – Rupp

Justin Falk comes back into the lineup for Clark:

Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Gilbert  – Falk

Backstrom will get the nod again tonight. He has started 18 of the Wild’s last 20 games and is 16-4-1 with a .918 SV% and a 2.27 GAA in his last 21 games since Feb. 9.
View From The Press Box
There’s no rest for the wicked with this schedule. It’s one after another. Regardless of what the outcome was (on Monday), we have to be able to push it aside and be able to focus on the next one.

- Yeo on the team’s tough schedule
Brett Clark will be tonight's healthy scratch.

Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Martin Havlat tallied 116 points (40-76=116) in 115 games with the Wild from 2009-11. D Brent Burns was drafted 20th overall by the Wild in 2003 and is the team’s all-time leader in defenseman points (183) in seven seasons. D Justin Braun (Minneapolis) is a Minnesota native. C James Sheppard was selected ninth overall by Minnesota in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 224 games with the Wild (2007-10). The Wild has won four straight games against San Jose for the third time in franchise history. The Wild has never won five straight contests against the Sharks. The Wild won the last meeting in San Jose, 2-1, (12/6/11) after losing five straight games in regulation at HP Pavilion and nine of its previous 10 in San Jose (1-8-1).
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at San Jose will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and nationally on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 9:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.

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