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GAMEDAY: Wild at Oilers

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 11:33 PM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

Minnesota Wild (23-16-3: 49 points, 6th in Western Conference, 2nd in Northwest Division) vs. Edmonton Oilers (16-18-7 39 points, 12th in Western Conference, 3rd in Northwest Division)
The Wild concludes the Alberta portion of the road trip, tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. This is the third of four meetings between the two teams, as the Wild moves to put a stranglehold on the season series, having won the first two games, 3-1, in Edmonton of Feb. 21 and 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center on March 3.

This is the eighth of nine sets of back-to-back games in the compressed season for Minnesota. The team looks to sweep on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this season. The Wild is 4-3 on the second night this year.

Great news coming out of the State of Hockey this morning, as the Wild assigned goaltender Josh Harding to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment. He last appeared in a game for the Wild on Feb. 7 against the Vancouver Canucks and was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 12 for treatment of multiple sclerosis.

In an important game yesterday, the Wild stepped up for a 4-3 road win against the Calgary Flames. Yesterday’s contest saw the return of center Matt Cullen and a balanced Wild attack. The club was led by Jason Pominville’s two goals, his third multipoint game since being acquired by the Wild at the Trade Deadline. Mikko Koivu scored the game’s opening goal and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added the team’s third goal. Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves for the win.

The Oilers suffered a bad home loss to the hands of the Calgary Flames on Saturday, 4-1. Lennart Petrell scored Edmonton’s lone goal in the opening frame. Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves in the loss. 
Meet The Blues If You're Going
Reports are that the Oilers were booed off the ice by the home crowd after a loss to the Flames and are all but done in the playoff race after losing five straight. Edmonton should be ornery after Steve Tambellini was fired and replaced by former Oiler Craig MacTavish.
Check out the banners and retired numbers in the rafters. Cool for viewing for any hockey geek.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Pominville has been a great addition for the Wild, scoring four goals and two assists in his past five games.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge presented by the Pioneer Press for a chance to win great prizes.

Wild.com
Game Notes | Transactions | Injury Report | Lighthouse | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwild
WildTV
Yeo Pregame | Mitchell Pregame | Clark Pregame |
PONDcast
Wild at EDM | Matt Dumba Interview |
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
If the Wild goes with the same forward lines as yesterday’s win:

Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Clutterbuck – Mitchell –  Rupp

Barring any changes, the blue line should look like this:

Brodin – Suter
Clark – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner

Niklas Backstrom is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .939 SV% in two starts versus the Oilers this season.
View From The Press Box
This was one of those games where we had everyone going, and that’s what we need.

- Yeo on last night’s win in Calgary
Forward Mikael Granlund and defensemen Justin Falk and Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.

Zenon Konopka didn’t make the trip with a lower-body injury. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve and was assigned to Houston.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Defenseman Nick Schultz spent parts of 10 seasons with the Wild (2001-12). He is the franchise leader in games played (743) and ranks 10th all time in points and seventh in assists (26-102=128). 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 is a perfect 13-for-13 on PK over the last six games after allowing seven PPG in the prior four games. The six-game streak without allowing a PPG is its longest since a seven-game run (12/31/10-1/11/11).
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Oilers will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North-Plus with a start time of 8:30 p.m. Find the viewing guide, here. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com. FSN+ can be found here

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Wild.com
Oh, Coyle Rules | Dumba to Houston | Zucker Named AHL All-Rookie Team | Five Takeaways at CGY | Prospect Report - April 10 |
WildTV
Yeo - April 15 | Pominville - April 15 | Cullen - April 15 | Koivu - April 15 |
PONDcast
PONDcast - April 15 |
Photo Gallery
Wild at CAL - April 15 |

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 26 '13EDM 6 at MIN 1T. Hall
Apr 16 '13MIN 5 at EDM 3Z. Parise
Mar 03 '13EDM 2 at MIN 4C. Coyle
Feb 21 '13MIN 3 at EDM 1D. Setoguchi
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise43161935+61674
M. Koivu43102434+52203
J. Pominville44141933+2822
R. Suter4342832+22431
M. Cullen3771926+71000
D. Setoguchi43121325+52042
D. Heatley36111021-12831
P. Bouchard3861218+6802
J. Spurgeon345914+1442
K. Brodziak438412-13811
C. Coyle327310+72612
T. Gilbert383710-91610
J. Brodin402810+71010
C. Stoner4301010+43500
T. Mitchell40448-52101
C. Clutterbuck37358-72700
M. Granlund25268-3400
J. Zucker17415+4800
M. Rupp38134-26700
J. Falk33033-84000
M. Scandella6101-1400
B. Clark6011-6000
Z. Konopka34000-310000
N. Prosser17000+4400
D. Powe8000+1900
J. Larsson1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom3722-12-3859642.40.912
D. Kuemper51-2-091171.98.923
J. Harding41-1-07612.92.885
M. Hackett10-1-05335.08.848
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Hall39133043+22943
S. Gagner42142135-62141
J. Eberle42121628-81633
N. Yakupov42111425-82452
R. Nugent-Hopkins3932023-1820
J. Schultz4261521-17641
A. Hemsky3891120-61651
R. Whitney334913-62300
M. Paajarvi379312-61422
S. Horcoff257411+41831
J. Petry423710-32700
R. Smyth412810-63600
L. Petrell35369-4400
N. Schultz42167-142200
R. Jones21246+21300
J. Smithson39235-61200
L. Smid42123-24900
T. Hartikainen20123-7610
E. Belanger23033+01000
M. Brown33112-711600
C. Potter27112+3400
B. Eager14112-42500
M. Fistric20022+21600
A. Lander5011-1200
C. VandeVelde11000-3400
D. Hordichuk4000-1200
T. Peckham4000-1600
M. Arcobello1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Dubnyk3412-14-68110092.61.920
N. Khabibulin103-5-1253092.66.919
Y. Danis31-0-07593.82.881
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