|MIN||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|SJS||1||2||3||(0 - 0)||6|
|One reason San Jose can be confident down the stretch is goalie Antti Niemi, who has been in nets for all but two of the Sharks' home games this season and has a 1.76 goals-against average in the Shark Tank. He's tied for the NHL lead in wins (22) with Niklas Backstrom and has had his name put out there as a Vezina Trophy candidate.||Save some money on cab fair and ride the rail, the VTA Light Rail. Stations bring you anywhere from a block to half mile to the HP Pavilion.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Ryan Suter has a three-game assist streak (0-3=3), including his 28th helper of the season Tuesday which moved him into a tie with Brent Burns for fourth place in the Wild record book for most assists by a defenseman in a single season. He leads all NHL defensemen in assists and ranks second with 32 points (4-28=32) in 43 games.
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|If the lineup stays consistent from Tuesday:
Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Clutterbuck – Mitchell – Granlund
D-pairs are likely to remain the same as well:
Brodin – Suter
Clark – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner
Backstrom is tied for the NHL lead with 22 wins this season and sports a 1.82 GAA and a .921 SV% over his last six games, since allowing two goals on two shots in Los Angeles April 4.
|It's nice to score goals, that's for sure, isn't it? When you do score goals like that, a lot of what was overlooked is the way we played without the puck and the way we defended to get those opportunities.
- After Tuesday’s win in Edmonton
|Defensemen Justin Falk and Nate Prosser are tonight's likely healthy scratches.
Mike Rupp is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 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 for conditioning.
|RW Martin Havlat compiled 116 points (40-76=116) in 115 games with the Wild from 2009-11. D Brent Burns was drafted 20th overall by the Wild in 2003 and is the team’s all-time leader in defenseman points (183) in seven seasons. D Justin Braun (Minneapolis) is a Minnesota native. C James Sheppard was selected ninth overall by Minnesota in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 224 games with the Wild (2007-10).||Minnesota has 20 regulation wins this season – only Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim have more in the Western Conference.|
|Wild at Sharks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time of 9:30 p.m. The game will air nationally on the NHL Network. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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|Apr 18 '13||MIN 1 at SJS 6||L. Couture|
|Apr 03 '13||MIN 2 at SJS 4||J. Thornton|
|Mar 23 '13||SJS 0 at MIN 2||Z. Parise|