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|The Oilers head into its fourth game of a current nine-game road trip and are coming off of a set of back-to-back games against Dallas and St. Louis.
Ryan Smyth leads the Oilers in career scoring against Minnesota with 42 points (20G, 22A) in 58 games. He ranks third all-time versus the Wild with 5 game winning goals, tied for third in goals, tied for fourth in PPGs (7) and sixth in scoring.
|The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Niklas Backstrom Player Card Magnet No. two of four.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Defenseman Ryan Suter has been an assist and ice time machine lately. He has four assists in his last three games, nine helpers in his last 10 games and leads Minnesota with 13 assists on the year, ranking third amongst NHL defensemen. He leads all NHL players in TOI/game at 27:35. He has skated more than 30 minutes four games this season.
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|Mikael Granlund will be back in the lineup and center Dany Healtey and Pierre-Marc Bouchard:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Granlund – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Rupp
Justin Falk will also rejoin the lineup:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Against Edmonton at home, Backstrom is a perfect 16-0-0 with a 1.30 GAA and a .950 SV%. He has allowed more than two goals just twice in that span.
|We have to start better against good teams. We are sort of in between on some plays and not as aggressive as we need to be. But once we got it going, we were good.
- Yeo after Friday night's loss in Anaheim
|Forward Zenon Konopka and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) and Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) are both on Injured Reserve.
|Schultz was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. LW Ryan Jones was drafted by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. C Eric Belanger collected 108 points (39-69=108) in 214 games with the Wild (2007- 10). D Andy Sutton spent parts of two seasons (2000-02) with the Wild. C Chris VandeVelde is a native of Moorhead.||The Wild’s 2.40 GAA ranks eighth in the NHL this season.The Wild is T-8th in the NHL in shots allowed/game (27.6). Minnesota averaged 31.7 shots against/game during the last two seasons.|
|Wild vs. Oilers will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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