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GAMEDAY: Wild at Anaheim

Friday, 03.01.2013 / 8:06 PM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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GAMEDAY: Wild at Anaheim
Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild (10-7-2: 22 points, T-6th in Western Conference, 2nd in Northwest Division) at Anaheim Ducks (14-3-1: 29 points, 2nd in Western Conference, 1st in Pacific Division)

UPDATED:The Minnesota Wild will start goaltender Darcy Kuemper in net against the Anaheim Ducks. It is Kuemper's third career start.

Minnesota will also insert center Zenon Konopka onto the fourth line to center Mike Rupp and Torrey Mitchell. Kyle Brodziak will move between Dany Heatley and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Mikeal Granlund will be a healthy scratch.

Nate Prosser will also be in the lineup on the blue line, replacing Justin Falk.


The Minnesota Wild won’t get much time to bask in the glow of last night’s 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes nor the West Coast sun, as the team is right back at it tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. It’s the second time these two teams have met in Anaheim, with the Ducks claiming the first victory, 3-1, one month ago on Feb. 1.

Tonight, Minnesota finishes its fourth of nine sets of back-to-back games on the season. The Wild is now 4-0-0 in its first game on consecutive nights, and looks to earn its third sweep of back-to-back games this season.

The Wild held an optional morning skate with only a handful skaters and goalies on the ice, so we won’t know the lineup until later today. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo will be available to the media later today so look for a Lighthouse early in the evening for confirmation on a starting goaltender and the club’s lineup card.

Last night, the Wild got off to a fast start to top the Coyotes in Arizona, 4-3. Jason Zucker got Minnesota on the board just 1:35 into the game, scoring his third of the season. Matt Cullen found the winger streaking to the net with a pretty pass. The second assist went to Devin Setoguchi. Dany Heatley scored the team’s next two goals with laser shots. The first came at the end of the first period with assists credited to Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Ryan Suter. Heatley’s second goal came in the second period after an expiring power play and was assisted by Cullen and Setoguchi. Jared Spurgeon scored the eventual game winner on the power play in the second frame, assisted by Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in the victory. 

On Wednesday, the Ducks skated to a big 5-1 home win against the Nashville Predators. 22-year-old Kyle Palmieri became the second-youngest Duck in franchise history to record a hat trick. Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu also added goals for Anaheim. Viktor Fasth made 20 saves to secure the win.
Meet The Flames If You're Going
The Ducks have won seven straight games at Honda Center, the longest home streak in the NHL this season. Anaheim has also won seven-of-eight games overall (7-1-0) and 11 of 13 (11-2-0). The club's 14-3-1 start is just one point shy of the best start in franchise history (13-1-4 for 30 points in 2006-07). At each Ducks’ home game, fans will be asked to wave anything that has AAA on it. Fans can find the AAA ad in the Ducks’ game program. Two contestants will then face off to see who answers a trivia question correctly. The winning fan will receive a $25 gas card provided by AAA.

The Wild will wear its WHITE road sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Jason Zucker opened the scoring Thursday after forcing overtime with 4:19 left in regulation Tuesday for his first career goal streak. He now has three goals and a plus-3 rating in five games this season after being recalled from Houston (AHL) Feb. 16.


Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.
 
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The Wild forward lines looked pretty good last night:

Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Bouchard
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp

If there is a change on the blue line, Nate Prosser might get a look:

Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Prosser – Gilbert


Darcy Kuemper will be in net, it will be his third career start and second on the road. The rookie is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
View From The Press Box
A big part of why we haven’t been scoring three, four, five goals a game is because we’re not scoring early or we’re not putting the other team behind, so it changes the way that they play.

- Yeo on the importance of scoring the first goal of the game after last night’s win
Justin Falk and Mikael Granlund are tonight's healty scratches.

Cal Clutterbuck  is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury, as is Josh Harding as he deals with multiple sclerosis treatments.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
RW Brad Staubitz accrued 246 PIM in 114 games for the Wild (2010-12). With its win last night, the Wild moved to 8-2-2 in one-goal games on the year.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Ducks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 9:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.

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2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 12 '13ANA 2 at MIN 1L. Sbisa
Mar 01 '13MIN 2 at ANA 3M. Beleskey
Feb 01 '13MIN 1 at ANA 3K. Palmieri
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise208614-21242
M. Koivu2031114-41000
R. Suter2001313-4800
D. Heatley207411-3621
M. Cullen203811+0400
D. Setoguchi204610+01422
T. Gilbert20358-81010
M. Granlund17156+0400
P. Bouchard18235+4801
K. Brodziak20224-7200
C. Clutterbuck16224+0600
J. Zucker6303+1400
J. Brodin17033+1600
M. Rupp19112-12700
T. Mitchell18112-41001
J. Spurgeon11112-1211
C. Stoner20022+11600
C. Coyle9101-1900
M. Scandella6101-1400
J. Falk16011-5900
Z. Konopka16000-15900
N. Prosser10000+2200
D. Powe8000+1900
J. Larsson1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom158-5-2334002.22.918
D. Kuemper31-2-07902.37.922
J. Harding41-1-07612.92.885
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf1971522+91021
C. Perry1951318+102433
S. Koivu1961117+101030
T. Selanne1961117+3420
B. Ryan1951015+1210
F. Beauchemin1921113+121000
K. Palmieri197310+1423
D. Winnik195510+8600
A. Cogliano195510+7201
N. Bonino19549-6810
S. Souray18448+132522
M. Beleskey19426+42901
L. Sbisa18044+0600
B. Lovejoy12044-1000
E. Etem10033+1200
B. Allen19022+22100
T. Lydman16022-3800
P. Maroon7101+0500
P. Holland5101+0410
C. Fowler10011+1400
B. Staubitz7000-13900
D. Smith-Pelly5000-2000
R. Rakell4000-2000
S. Vatanen3000+1000
J. Hendry2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
V. Fasth119-1-0212851.92.926
J. Hiller96-2-1272393.18.887
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