Happy St. Patrick’s/Final Five Day!

Top ‘o the lunch hour to ye! My St. Patrick’s Day gift to you is this stunning photograph of Wild communications intern Michael Placko, who is rocking the ultimate bow tie in the office today. The funny thing is that he forgot that it’s St. Patrick’s Day today, so he was relieved that we went with his Kelly green bow tie with neon green polka dots.

Here’s why the Minnesota Wild has to win tonight. It has nothing to do with the playoff push, and everything to do with avoiding a big night from Patrick Marleau and giving headline writers a lay up with “Day Belongs To St. Patrick.”

We need a Wild win and a Niklas Backstrom shutout so Wild.com can immediately run with the shameless headline of “St. Patty’s Day Belongs To St. Nik.”

Backstrom will get the start tonight for the Wild, and it appears Marek Zidlicky will be out of the lineup. Marco Scandella will take his place.

Downtown St. Paul is bustling with folks dressed in their Bemidji State green colors. The Beaver fans certainly seem to be enjoying themselves, but of course that will come to an end in a few hours when the UMD Bulldogs run wild on the Beavs. I will be at Xcel Energy Center for both WCHA Final Five games tonight, which means Carly Peters will have your back with a live in-game commentary tonight. She owes us a win.



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