|Former Wild winger Marian Gaborik has five points in four games since being acquired by Columbus from the Rangers on the NHL Trade Deadline Day.
The Blue Jackets won't see their home fans again until the final game of the season. Columbus plays its next six games on the road.
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The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Jonas Brodin skated 26:10 Thursday against St. Louis, his second-highest ice time this season. The 19-year-old is the youngest defenseman in the NHL ranks first amongst rookies in TOI/game at 22:59; just 15 NHL rookie defensemen have topped the 22:00-mark in time on ice since the 2000-01 season, with seven topping 23:00.
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|Yeo did not announce a lineup, but this is what the lines might look like:
Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Zucker – Granlund – Setoguchi
Clutterbuck – Mitchell – Rupp
With Suter out, this is what the blue line might look like:
Brodin – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner
Clark – Prosser
Backstrom sports a 1.01 GAA and a .960 SV% over his last three games including a 24-save shutout in Columbus on Sunday.
|One thing we're learning is that the final push is the hardest ... If we think its intense, and emotional and tough right now — where we want to get to, the big P-word — it gets a little bit more.
- Yeo on making the playoffs
|It's not set, but defenseman Justin Falk and forward Zenon Konopka are possible healthy scratches.
Suter is likely out with a 'body' injury. Cullen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury but skated this morning. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthriscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve as he continues treatment for multiple sclerosis.
|Columbus Head Coach Todd Richards served as Minnesota's head coach from 2009-11. 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. Colton Gillies skated in 89 games over three seasons with the Wild 2008-12.||The Wild is fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (52.2 percent). Columbus is T-6th at 51.5 percent. Minnesota’s team record for faceoff percentage in a season is 52.2 percent in 2009-10.|
|Wild vs. Columbus 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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