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GAMEDAY: Wild at Coyotes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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GAMEDAY: Wild at Coyotes
Minnesota Wild vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild (4-3-1: 9 points, T-6th in Western Conference, T-2nd in Northwest Division) vs. Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-2: 8 points, T-10th in Western Conference, 3rd in Pacific Division)
The Minnesota Wild is changing things up as the team closes out a two-game road trip, tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. After recalling forward Charlie Coyle from its minor league affiliate, the Houston Aeros, the Wild is mixing up the lines, looking for more chemistry offensively, and making roster moves. Earlier today, the Wild acquired Mike Rupp from the New York Rangers for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. Rupp will not be available for tonight’s game.

Coyle makes his NHL debut tonight and will skate on the wing with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen, who will move back to center between the two. In 44 games in Houston, Coyle registered 24 points (14-10=24) including five power-play goals and 22 penalty minutes.

The Wild has moved Torrey Mitchell onto a line with Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck. The club also moves Mikael Granlund and Devin Setoguchi down to its fourth line with Zenon Konopka. Granlund will move to left wing.

On Friday, the Wild suffered a 3-1 loss against Anaheim Ducks. The Wild jumped out to a first period lead, as Marco Scandella scored his first of the year. Matt Cullen picked up an assist on the play. Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves in the losing effort.

Saturday, the Coyotes topped the Dallas Stars on home ice, 2-0. Phoenix netminder Mike Smith stopped all 17 shots he saw -- and went 17 minutes without seeing one in the second period -- while Nick Johnson and Mikkel Boedker provided the offense, scoring goals for the Coyotes.

Last season, the Wild and Coyotes split the season series 2-2 with both teams winning each of their two road games. 
Meet The Avs If You're Going
Longtime Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, has skated in 1,200 career NHL games all with the organization (including one year in Winnipeg). Offensively, Radim Vrbata leads the team with 9 points (3-6=9). It’s “Kids Free Nights” at Arena. This offer allows up to two (2) free kids tickets (12 and under) of equal value with the purchase of a full-priced ticket.
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Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom will get the start tonight, and has been outstanding of late. In his last three games, Backstrom is 2-1-0, with a 1.66 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

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Yeo Gameday | Cullen | Coyle | Mitchell | Fletcher On Rupp Trade
Fletcher Talks Trade
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
The Wild has done a lot of line shifting for tonight's game:

Parise – Koivu – Heatley
  Coyle – Cullen – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Granlund – Konopka – Setoguchi

The defensive pairings remain the same:

Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella

Backstrom is 11-8-0 with a 2.12 GAA, a .932 SV% and three shutouts in 19 career starts versus Phoenix.
View From The Press Box
I don’t think of it as first, second, third or fourth lines. Everybody’s got a job to do out there.

- Yeo on line combinations and who plays where
Forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.

Jared Spurgeon is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
D Zbynek Michalek skated in 22 games with Minnesota in 2003-04. RW Nick Johnson skated in 77 games with the Wild last season. The last time a Wild player recorded a hat trick was Guillaume Latendresse on January 16, 2010 at Arena in a 6-4 loss.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Coyotes will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 8:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at

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2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 27 '13 PHX 3 at MIN 4 - OT M. Koivu
Feb 28 '13 MIN 4 at PHX 3 J. Spurgeon
Feb 04 '13 MIN 1 at PHX 2 M. Hanzal
Z. Parise96410+1431
M. Koivu9268-1800
D. Heatley9426-2021
T. Gilbert9246-1600
R. Suter9044-7400
P. Bouchard9213+2801
M. Granlund9123+0200
M. Cullen9123-2200
C. Clutterbuck9112+0600
C. Stoner9022+1900
D. Setoguchi9022+0000
J. Brodin6022-2200
M. Scandella5101+1400
J. Falk9011+0700
T. Mitchell9011-2200
K. Brodziak9011-5200
J. Spurgeon3011-3000
Z. Konopka9000+01400
D. Powe8000+1900
N. Prosser4000+0000
C. Coyle1000+0000
N. Backstrom73-3-1171992.45.915
J. Harding31-1-07553.39.873
R. Vrbata103710-1610
M. Boedker10257+4220
O. Ekman-Larsson10257+0401
L. Korpikoski10426+0210
M. Hanzal6426-1001
K. Yandle10156+41010
S. Sullivan7415-3620
A. Vermette10325+2411
D. Moss10145+1200
D. Morris10055+21200
N. Johnson6314+3011
S. Doan10224-11300
B. Gordon10044-1200
D. Schlemko9022+1200
M. Lombardi4022+0000
Z. Michalek10011+1600
K. Chipchura10000-12700
A. Bolduc7000-3200
M. Stone7000-4200
P. Bissonnette6000+0500
D. Rundblad3000-1000
R. Torres2000+0000
R. Klesla2000-3000
A. Miele1000+1000
M. Smith62-2-1141242.67.887
J. LaBarbera31-2-09873.25.897
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