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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Red Wings

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Glen Andresen - Manager of Social Media

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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild


Minnesota Wild (24-23-3: 51 points, T-12th in Western Conference, 4th in Northwest Division)
vs. Detroit Red Wings (24-17-8: 56 points, 9th in Western Conference, 3rd in Central Division)

Wild GameDay

Wild TV: Brent Burns
Brent talks about his concussion and playing with his teammates again

Wild TV: Todd Richards
Todd talks about getting Brent back in the lineup and who's guarding the pipes

Wild TV: Game Preview
Dan Terhaar and Mike Greenlay break down tonight's matchup with Detroit

From the Lighthouse: January 21
Follow along as Glen gives you the most recent Wild news

Wild TV: Nick Schultz
Nick talks about getting Brent back in the lineup and playing at home again

PONDcast: PREview vs Detroit

Pregame Notes: vs Red Wings

Wild.com: Hockey Day Minnesota
On Tuesday, when Brent Burns participated in his first full practice since sustaining a concussion, Todd Richards said it was “conceivable” that he would play against the Detroit Red Wings. Still, it didn’t seem likely that Burns would make his return so quickly, but after two practices, number 8 will be back in game action tonight against the Wings.

The Wild has been practicing hard the last two days after finishing an 0-3-0 road trip with a 4-3 loss on Dallas on Monday. Minnesota spotted the Stars a 4-0 lead before Antti Miettinen scored twice, and then assisted on Mikko Koivu’s goal. Josh Harding came into the game in relief of Niklas Backstrom and stopped all 14 shots that he faced.

The Red Wings have lost three straight but picked up a point in two of those games before losing to Washington on Tuesday, 3-2. Daniel Cleary and Brian Rafalski picked up the goals for the Red Wings, who outshot the Capitals, 46-23. Chris Osgood made his first start since December 20 and took the loss.

Ticket Information

Tonight’s game is a sellout, but Gametime RUSH tickets will be made available at 7:00 PM. Click here to find out more about the RUSH offer.

Broadcast Information

Wild vs. Red Wings will be broadcast locally on KSTC-TV Channel 45. The game can be heard on WCCO 830 AM, or online at Wild.com.

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If You’re Going

Maybe you’re getting married this summer? If so, make sure you are one of the first 6,000 fans through the gates tonight, and you’ll receive a Wells Fargo Wild Rally towel. Then, you won’t have to register for hand towels, and instead you can set your attention on those fancy salt and peppershakers.

Meet The Wings

Sitting one point out of a playoff spot sounds pretty nice to Wild fans right about now. But in Detroit, that’s grounds for blowing up the team. If the Wings don’t move into that eighth spot in the West or above, they will miss the playoffs for the first time in 19 years.

Injuries to key players have decimated the defending Western Conference champions. Andreas Lilja (concussion), Johan Franzen (knee), Jason Williams (leg), Niklas Kronwall (knee) and Tomas Holmstrom (foot) are all currently out and have already missed significant time.

A team used to getting big numbers across the board is being led in goals by Todd Bertuzzi’s 13. The Wings have been saved, literally, by the revelation of Jimmy Howard in goal. Howard is 17-10-4 with a 2.18 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

Who’s Hot?


Martin Havlat appears to have reached a comfort zone with his new team, and the questions about “what’s wrong with Marty?” have ceased in the last couple months. Havlat has four assists in the last two games, and he now has at least one point over the last 20 contests. In those 20 games, he’s posted six goals and 16 assists. Havlat has climbed to third on the Wild scoring charts with 33 points.

Tonight’s Storyline

The return of Burns will be the major talking point tonight. Though his minutes will be watched closely, and he likely won’t see a lot of time on special teams, his presence could be a huge boost to a team that has lost three straight.

Keep An Eye On

Tonight will be Josh Harding’s first start at Xcel Energy Center in more than a year, when he faced Detroit on January 3, 2009. Harding has stopped 63 of the last 64 shots he’s faced.

Probable Wild Line Combos

It looks as if Miettinen will re-join Andrew Brunette and Koivu on the top line after the departure of Petr Sykora. With Detroit lacking a lot of bruisers, Derek Boogaard will be scratched:

Brunette-Koivu-Miettinen
Nolan-Belanger-Clutterbuck
Latendresse-Brodziak-Havlat
Sheppard-Ebbett-Earl

Probable Defensive Pairings

The Wild blue line will get a boost tonight with the return of Burns:

Zanon-Zidlicky
Burns-Johnsson
Hnidy-Schultz

Between The Pipes

Harding will get the start tonight.

View From The Press Box

Boogaard and John Scott will be the healthy scratches tonight.

The Infirmary


Burns returns after missing 29 games with a concussion. Clayton Stoner (groin), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and Chuck Kobasew (knee) are all out.

Richards’ Quote of the Day

"Based on our skate today, I think guys are pretty focused. We’re playing one of the premier teams, so I think guys are focused and ready.”

-- Todd Richards on his team following today’s morning skate.

Honorary State of Hockey Residents

RW Patrick Eaves is a product of Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault. Wings Video Coach Keith McKittrick is a former Minnesota Wild intern.

Worthless Stat

The Wild’s next overtime win will be its ninth, and will set the record for most extra session victories. 
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 26 '10MIN 2 at DET 6J. Ericsson
Mar 11 '10MIN 1 at DET 5T. Holmstrom
Jan 27 '10DET 2 at MIN 5A. Ebbett
Jan 21 '10DET 4 at MIN 3 - SOD. Miller
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
H. Zetterberg42122537+51024
P. Datsyuk48112637+111251
T. Bertuzzi50141428-36033
N. Lidstrom5032225+181220
T. Holmstrom4215621+43073
D. Cleary38101121-52111
B. Rafalski4641721+12820
D. Helm438715+2802
K. Draper496915+22010
P. Eaves397714+01501
V. Filppula2431114-41210
N. Kronwall215813+31830
D. Miller486511+3612
J. Ericsson363710-92000
B. Stuart50279-51210
V. Leino41437-9611
J. Williams15257-5421
J. Abdelkader47336-93100
B. Lebda47156-82200
K. Maltby42325+13200
D. Meech34134-81101
J. Franzen3112+0611
D. Janik13022-31800
K. Newbury4101+1400
B. May34011-45900
M. Ritola5000+0000
J. Kindl3000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Howard3318-10-4719692.20.927
C. Osgood207-7-4524992.83.896
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Koivu51143145-32252
A. Brunette51142438-31082
M. Havlat4592534-91621
M. Zidlicky5042731-53722
E. Belanger50121830-11832
A. Miettinen48131326-22834
O. Nolan46121123+01922
G. Latendresse4915722+21012
K. Brodziak5161521-21201
N. Schultz5111314-31810
C. Clutterbuck449413-52201
K. Johnsson446511+22230
S. Hnidy502911-26000
C. Kobasew344610-81410
B. Burns222810-112020
G. Zanon51279-82400
A. Ebbett36415-3611
J. Sheppard40235-82500
R. Earl14404+2200
B. Pouliot14224+01200
P. Sykora14213-7800
D. Boogaard38033-117400
C. Stoner8022+11200
J. Scott33101-35500
N. Smith9000-41200
J. Sifers8000+1200
A. Hilbert4000-2200
D. Irmen2000-1000
P. Bouchard1000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom4221-16-411311392.76.901
J. Harding133-7-0313052.95.898
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