|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.
|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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|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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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