|Chicago became the first team to punch its ticket to the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs with its win against Nashville. It was the fourth win in five games for Chicago, which seems likely to coast to a Central Division title as the season winds down.||The Wild “Better Halves” are hosting a Mystery Hat sale. A $50 purchase guarantees you a Wild autographed hat by one of the following Minnesota Wild Players. Wild Better Halves will sell hats near sections 104 and 121 from the time gates open, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation.
The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
|Pominville tallied his first two points in a Wild sweater on Sunday. He has four points in his past three games dating back to his final outing with the Buffalo Sabres.
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|All healthy forwards are in the lineup tonight:
Pominville – Koivu – Parise
Coyle – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Bouchard – Granlund – Setoguchi
Rupp – Konopka – Mitchell
If the D-pairings remain the same as Sunday:
Brodin – Suter
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Prosser
Backstrom is 5-7-1 with a 2.78 GAA, a .915 SV% and one shutout in 14 games (13 career starts against Chicago).
|What you saw tonight is what our game is supposed to look like.
- Yeo on Sunday’s win against Columbus
|If the blue line is the same as Sunday, Tom Gilbert and Brett Clark will be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Heatley will be out after having surgery. Matt Cullen is unavailable due to a lower-body injury. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve as he continues treatment for multiple sclerosis.
|D Nick Leddy was the Wild’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is a native of Eden Prairie.||Minnesota matched its season high by scoring two power-play goals for the fourth time this season Sunday. On Feb. 25, the Wild ranked 27th in the NHL on the power play at 13.8 percent. Since Feb. 26, only three teams have scored more power-play goals than Minnesota’s 16. The Wild is now 13th overall (18.5%). Minnesota is 13-6-1 when scoring a PPG and 9-8-1 when it is stopped on the advantage.|
|Wild vs. Chicago will be broadcast nationally in high definition on NBC Sports Network 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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