|The Blues are winners of five-straight games while G Brian Elliott has won four-straight starts posting back-to-back shutouts this week.||Check out the tribute to several State of Hockey champions in sections 106-107. The display honors the Minnesota Hockey Youth State Champions in 2012-13 with a sweater, team photo and team roster. The official opening is Saturday, but sneak a peek tonight.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Ryan Suter skated 32:23 Tuesday - the second-highest ice time of his career. He has topped 31 minutes of ice time in two straight games. The Norris Trophy Contender is trying to become the first NHL defenseman to lead the league in TOI, assists and points amongst defenseman since Brian Leetch in 2000-01.
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|All healthy forwards are in the lineup tonight:
Pominville – Koivu – Parise
Coyle – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Bouchard – Granlund – Setoguchi
Rupp – Konopka – Mitchell
The D-pairings will look a little different from Tuesday:
Brodin – Suter
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Backstrom is tied for the NHL lead with 20 wins this season. At home Backstrom has posted an 11-5-1 record with a 2.14 GAA and a .919 SV%.
|Winners find a way to overcome that, and that's what we'll do
- Yeo on Heatley and Cullen's injuries on Wednesday
|If the blue line is the same as Wednesday's practice, Nate Prosser and Brett Clark will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthriscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Matt Cullen is unavailable due to a lower-body injury. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve as he continues treatment for multiple sclerosis.
|David Backes is a native of Minneapolis and played three seasons at MSU-Mankato (2003-06), while T.J. Oshie played high school hockey in Warroad. Jordan Leopold is from Golden Valley and played four seasons with the University of Minnesota (1998-2002).||Minnesota has allowed the game's first goal in six of its last seven contests. That stretch comes after Minnesota opened the scoring in 10 of 11 contests. The Wild is 14-4-0 when opening the game's scoring this season.|
|Wild vs. St. Louis will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time of 7 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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