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GAMEDAY: Wild at Flyers

Thursday, 03.25.2010 / 6:00 PM

Glen Andresen - Manager of Social Media


Minnesota Wild (35-32-6: 76 points, T-12th in Western Conference, 4th in Northwest Division)
at Philadelphia Flyers (37-31-5: 79 points, T-6th in Eastern Conference, 3rd in Atlantic Division)

Wild GameDay

Pregame Notes: at Philadelphia

Wild.com: Injury Report

View From the Lighthouse:
     Week of March 22, 2010
The Minnesota Wild recalled Cody Almond this morning in advance of its game with the Philadelphia Flyers. This is Almond’s second call-up after playing one game against Atlanta on February 12. Almond has played in 47 games with Houston and has recorded seven goals and 11 assists. Almond was brought up due to an arm injury to Mikko Koivu, who is expected to miss his first game of the season tonight.

Koivu was injured in the Wild’s 4-1 loss to San Jose on Tuesday night. Guillaume Latendresse scored the lone Wild goal, while Nik Backstrom took the loss after making 13 saves.

The Flyers have dropped three straight games, including a shutout at the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Brian Boucher took the loss in a 24-save effort.

Broadcast Information

Wild at Flyers will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports North at 6:00 PM. The game can be heard on 830 WCCO AM, or online at Wild.com.

If you would like to receive broadcast alerts (time and channel) by cell phone, simply text TV to 83281

If You’re Going

It’s Dollar Pretzel Night at Wachovia Center, but it’s also Brain Injury Awareness Night.

Meet The Bullies

Not only are the Flyers catching the Wild without Koivu, but also without Anton Khudobin. It was Khudobin that made his first and only NHL start against the Flyers and earned a 2-1 win in a spectacular 38-save performance.

Scoring was a problem on that night for the Flyers, and it’s been a problem in the past week. Philadelphia has scored just four goals in the past three games. Complicating matters is Jeff Carter’s fractured left foot that had him on the sidelines on Tuesday. Considering Carter leads Philly in points (60), goals (33), shots (310), face off percentage (52.2) and game-winning goals (6), that’s a hefty loss.

Who’s Hot?

Latendresse now has 27 goals this season, but 25 have come with the Wild. If he can score tonight, G-Lat will become the first Wild player not named Marian Gaborik or Brian Rolston to score 26 goals in one season while wearing a Wild uniform. However, Latendresse is "banged up" and will be a gametime decision tonight. 

Tonight’s Storyline

The Flyers will be the Wild’s final Eastern Conference opponent this season. The Wild 9-4-4 against the opposing conference. Is it worth mentioning that if the Wild were in the East, its 76 points would be just two shy of eighth place Boston?

Keep An Eye On

Owen Nolan has scored a goal in every current NHL arena except for three. Wachovia Center is one of them and the other two are TD Garden in Boston and Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Probable Wild Line Combos

How Richards will handle the absence of Koivu is anybody’s guess. Look for Casey Wellman to move from the wing to his natural center position. Derek Boogaard will get into the lineup due to the physical style of play common among the Flyers. That means Almond will only play if Latendresse can't go:

Brunette-Brodziak-Miettinen
Nolan-Sheppard-Clutterbuck
Latendresse-Ebbett-Havlat
Boogaard-Wellman-Kobasew

Probable Defensive Pairings

The Wild blue line doesn’t figure to see any changes tonight:

Zanon-Zidlicky
Burns-Barker
Scott-Schultz

Between The Pipes

Niklas Backstrom is likely to start again, but it remains to be seen if Richards opts to use Josh Harding tonight or tomorrow.

View From The Press Box

Almond will be the only healthy forward scratch if Latendresse can't play. Nate Prosser and Justin Falk will sit out among defenseman.

The Infirmary

Latendresse is questionable, while Koivu is out with an arm injury. Clayton Stoner (hernia) traveled with the team but will not play. Shane Hnidy (leg) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) are out.
 
Richards’ Quote of the Day

“I didn’t mind the way that we came out. The desire and the will was there. We had our opportunities and were unable to cash in…They obviously finished more than we did.”

-- Todd Richards on his team’s effort against the Sharks on Tuesday

Honorary State of Hockey Residents

The Flyers lack any connections to the State of Hockey, meaning they are not worth cheering for.

Worthless Stat

This is the second-to-last back-to-back set for the Wild. Minnesota is 7-5-1 in the first half of back-to-back games.
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 25 '10MIN 4 at PHI 3 - OTK. Brodziak
Feb 06 '10PHI 1 at MIN 2O. Nolan
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Koivu73204666+14872
A. Brunette74223355+012103
M. Havlat68173451-123032
M. Zidlicky7363440-95943
G. Latendresse72271239+01674
A. Miettinen71182139-13844
E. Belanger60132235-12833
O. Nolan68141731-53833
K. Brodziak7492231-21803
C. Barker6551520+86441
C. Clutterbuck6612719-54011
N. Schultz7411617-83510
B. Burns3921416-92820
C. Kobasew468614-101612
K. Johnsson526814+32630
S. Hnidy6421214-36600
A. Ebbett599413-6822
G. Zanon7321113-93200
R. Earl29606+2600
J. Sheppard57235-123600
B. Pouliot14224+01200
D. Boogaard49044-99500
P. Sykora14213-7800
J. Scott44112+06900
C. Stoner8022+11200
C. Wellman4011-2000
J. Sifers14000+1600
N. Smith9000-41200
A. Hilbert4000-2200
D. Irmen2000-1000
P. Bouchard1000+0200
P. Kalus1000+0000
J. Falk1000+0000
C. Almond1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom5225-20-613614042.66.903
J. Harding249-11-0626602.95.906
A. Khudobin22-0-01480.87.979
W. Dubielewicz20-1-05293.85.828
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Carter72332760+338116
M. Richards74283058-179133
C. Pronger74104252+217152
D. Briere67242347-46181
S. Hartnell73142842-513684
C. Giroux74142741-72171
S. Gagne50162137-54354
K. Timonen7443135+04601
J. van Riemsdyk71141933+22636
M. Carle7342832+181611
D. Carcillo7011920+518411
A. Asham6471320-311001
B. Coburn7351318-95010
I. Laperriere7431417+114800
B. Betts558816+91412
D. Powe558614+24800
O. Bartulis49189-112600
V. Leino49538-9811
M. Pyorala36224-31000
D. Syvret21224+11200
D. Laliberte11213+1601
R. Parent42123-112000
L. Krajicek42022-113100
O. Tollefsen18022+12300
J. Kalinski10022-2000
A. Nodl10011-2000
R. Cote13000+01900
J. Ross3000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Leighton3417-9-2858992.83.905
R. Emery2916-11-1747832.64.905
B. Boucher255-15-3636022.87.895
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