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Wild vs. Flames will be broadcast locally in high definition on Fox Sports North with a start time at 5:00 PM. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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Get to the arena and be in your seats long before the puck drops tonight. You will not want to miss the special ceremony dedicated to "Boogey."
The Flames are coming off a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues on Friday. It was the third time this season that the Flames have been blanked. Of course, Niklas Backstrom provided one of those bagels in a 41-save effort back on November 8.
Once again, the Wild was able to shut down Jarome Iginla, the top goal scorer all time against Minnesota with 31. Lately, that’s been a trend. In the last 20 meetings between the clubs, Iginla has scored just four goals and three of them came in one game on March 7, 2010.
While Friday’s game won’t go down as the best of the season for Devin Setoguchi, who was a minus-3, he did keep his offensive touch on display. Setoguchi scored in the first period, giving him three goals in the last five games, and four overall points in that span.
Head Coach Mike Yeo is giving his team the chance to watch the Boogaard tribute video before his team heads out on the ice. It will give the players a way to prepare themselves for what is sure to be a tear-jerking ceremony.
Still, the Wild’s emotions will be high at the start of this one. And that’s one thing the team is looking for anyway after a slow start to Friday’s 5-2 loss to Edmonton.
Wild players are professionals, but they’re also human, and several of them were very close to Boogaard. Cal Clutterbuck, Backstrom, Mikko Koivu, Josh Harding, Nick Schultz and Pierre-Marc Bouchard were all long-time teammates of the Wild tough guy. You can be sure they will be playing or watching this game with many thoughts of their former protector in their heads.
The lines are expected to remain intact from Friday’s game:
The defensive pairings are also expected to remain unchanged:
Backstrom will get his first start in four games against the team he blanked earlier in the month.
All the healthy bodies will be in the lineup tonight.
Mike Lundin (back) and Greg Zanon (groin) are both nearing returns to the lineup, but it won’t be tonight. Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) and Marek Zidlicky (concussion) are out.
"I want to give [the team] an opportunity to go back and have another game. We won 10 of our last 12 games going into [Friday] night. I think they deserve that opportunity."
- Mike Yeo on why he’s not going to rush to change the lineup because of one loss
RW Tim Jackman played his high school hockey at Park Center and then played two seasons of college hockey at Minnesota State, Mankato.
The Wild’s loss to Edmonton was its first regulation loss of the season to a Northwest Division opponent. The Wild is now 5-1-1 within the Division this season.