Wild Heads Into Break

The Minnesota Wild will wrap up its pre-All-Star break schedule tonight when it faces the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Obviously, this one’s a biggie.

The Wild can hop over Colorado and move into eighth place in the West with a win, but more importantly, can go in on a two-game win streak. The Wild hasn’t won two straight since its seven-game win streak ended back on December 13. A victory would also snap an 11-game road losing skid, and let’s face it, that needs to come to an end.

The same lineup from Saturday’s 5-2 win over Dallas will be in tonight with the exception of Nik Backstrom who will start in goal. Backstrom is 18-5-2 in his career against the Avs with three shutouts. Mike Lundin, Brad Staubitz and Marek Zidlicky will again be the scratches.

Thus far, we haven’t heard any news about Nick Johnson pulling out of All-Star Weekend. Now that Alex Ovechkin won’t be there, it’s just going to be more media spotlight on the soft-spoken Dartmouth boy.

The rest of the Wild players will scatter after tonight, with some going on vacation and some staying home with their families.

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One response to “Wild Heads Into Break

  1. hmm. hope that was an attempt at a joke about not hearing about johnson pulling out of all star weekend… think that the all-star weekend is the most over-rated thing in pro sports now.. haven’t watched it since they held it in saint paul years & years ago… expect low ratings this year.. w/o some major players… not many americans gonna watch it.. i know i won’t be… am super disappointed that Mikko isn’t going.. have been waiting his whole career (as i am sure he has too) for him to get asked to go… & get a little respect in the NHL that he has deserved.. now the injury… ironic that an edmonton player gets put in his spot since johnson is getting his thanks to an edmonton injury… they still doing the each team gets a player w/the all star stuff?? does that include the rookies??? well, must say i am totally bummed… 😦

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