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GAMEDAY: Wild at Blue Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Minnesota Wild (21-14-2: 44 points, 6th in Western Conference, 2nd in Northwest Division) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (16-15-7: 39 points, T-10th in Western Conference, 4th in Central Division)
The Minnesota Wild looks to end its three-game road trip on a high note, tonight in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. This is the second of three meetings between the Wild and Blue Jackets. Minnesota took the first game of the set, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 29.

With two days off since its last outing, Minnesota looks to reset its focus east of the mighty Mississippi. The Wild was unsuccessful in its two-game swing along the West Coast, and looks to snap a three-game skid in the club’s push in the final month of the regular season.

The team was able to get some rest after traversing the country on Friday. Yesterday, the Wild held its first full practice in nearly a month and used the session to reset mentally. As much as the team needed a break physically, the extra day was just important to regain focus. A good start will be the key for Minnesota and the club wants be sharp from the opening faceoff, especially on the road.   

The blue line will have a different look tonight, as both Nate Prosser and Justin Falk will be inserted into the lineup. Both played Wednesday against San Jose, but in different capacities. Falk was on the blue line, but Prosser skated at forward because of the trade deadline deal that brought winger Jason Pominville to the Wild.

The Wild’s last outing was a 3-0 loss against the defending Stanley Cup champion, Los Angeles Kings. Minnesota outshot LA, but was unable to claw its way back from an early two-goal deficit. Niklas Backstrom suffered the loss and Darcy Kuemper came in relief to make 11 saves.

Columbus suffered a 3-1 road loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Artem Anisimov scored the Blue Jackets’ lone goal. Sergei Bobrovsky made sixteen saves in the loss. 
Meet The Coats If You're Going
Like the Wild, the Blue Jackets were buyers on the trade deadline. The team acquired former Minnesota forward, Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers. Gaborik will make his home debut in Columbus tonight. The Jackets picked up forward Blake Comeau from Calgary on Wednesday. If you like Tim Hortons you’re in luck. Following a Blue Jackets home win you can take your printed ticket to participating Central Ohio Tim Hortons the next morning for a free large coffee. For Columbus fans, that means buying your own cup of Joe tomorrow same as Wild fans.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Mikko Koivu looks to get the Wild back on track in April after a hot March. He leads the Wild with 33 points (9-24=33) this season, including 19 points (6-13=19) in March – the highest monthly total of his career.

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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
The Wild lines will look a little different than its last outing:
Pominville – Koivu – Parise
Coyle – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Bouchard – Granlund – Setoguchi
Rupp – Konopka – Mitchell

Falk and Prosser will be in for Tom Gilbert and Brett Clark:
Brodin – Suter
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Prosser 

Niklas Backstrom will get the start tonight. Backstrom is 10-5-1 with a 2.26 GAA and a .925 SV% in 17 starts against Columbus. 
View From The Press Box
This is the time of year that winners want to play hockey games.

- Yeo on playing down the home stretch
Defensemen Tom Gilbert and Brett Clark will be tonight’s healthy scratches.

Dany Heatley (upper body) and Matt Cullen (lower body) are unavailable for tonight’s contest.  Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Columbus Head Coach Todd Richards served as the Wild’s Head Coach from 2009- 11. RW Marian Gaborik is the Wild’s all-time fran­chise leader in several offensive categories including goals (219), assists (218), points (437), PPGs (59), GWGs (43) and shots (1,694) in 502 games. LW Colton Gillies skated in 89 games over three seasons with the Wild (2008-12). He was selected by Minnesota with the 16th pick in the 2007 Entry Draft. Backstrom looks to rebound tonight, as he was pulled after allowing two goals on two shots Thursday in Los Angeles. The netminder is 20-2-4 all-time in games after being pulled (non-injury), posting a 1.91 GAA and .935 SV% in those contests. Since March 26, 2008 he is 16-0-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .943 SV% in those games.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Columbus will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 5:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.

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