|The Wild will have to get past a hot goaltender tonight in Bishop. He has a spotless 4-0-0 record, a .939 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average. He has allowed seven goals in four games and no more than two goals in contest.
Offensively, Minnesota will be wary of Tampa’s superstar Steven Stamkos. He is second on the team in scoring with nine points (4-5=10). He’s won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy twice as the League’s top goal scorer.
|The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The Times Forum will be lavender-clad for the game, including arena dasher boards at ice level and additional signage. Lightning personalities will don lavender, including the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug, Ice Crew and the Bolts Brigade. A number of educational and non-profit groups will also be on Ford Thunder Alley pre-game.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Josh Harding has earned victories in three straight starts, one game shy of his career-best four consecutive regulation wins (last, 10/25-11/5/11). Entering play Wednesday, he leads the NHL with a 0.94 goals-against average and ranks sixth amongst all goalies with a .952 save percentage.
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|The forward lines will remain the same as Tuesday:
And here's the D-pairs:
Harding is expected to get the nod in net. Tonight’s contest will be the first time facing the Tampa Bay Lightning.
|We recognized that we played a good game. The one thing about games like that, moral victories if you want to call them that, is they don’t mean anything if you don’t come out the next game and respond the right way.
- Yeo on responding tonight against Tampa
|Ballard will miss another game, as a preventative measure after taking a puck to the face Monday in Buffalo. Prosser will join him.
Charlie Coyle is on Injured Reserve with a knee sprain and is expected to a few more weeks. Mike Rupp is still out with a lower-body injury and on IR. Niklas Backstrom is on the trip, but not ready yet as he recovers from a knee strain.
|D Brian Lee is a native of Moorhead. LW Ryan Malone played four seasons at St. Cloud State (199-03). Lightning CEO Tod Lieweke previously served as the Wild’s President and COO. Lightning COO Steve Griggs spent eight years as Vice President of Sales and Service for the Wild.||From 2011-12 to 2012-13, Minnesota improved its per-game shot differential by 6.6 shots; the largest single-season increase by any NHL team in the last five seasons. Since 2008-09, only four other teams have improved their shot differential by more than 5.0 shots/ game.|
|Wild at Lightning will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.||
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