Harding Will Start; Foucault Will Debut

So what if nobody sent you flowers today? Who cares if nobody gave you some chalky candies with sayings like “Hot Stuf” or “Mad 4 U?” Do you really need a bunch of chocolate? No, you don’t.

All you really need to make this the best Valentine’s Day ever is a Wild victory. The Wild need it too. They’re looking to snap a four-game losing skid against the Anaheim Ducks, who have picked up at least one point in each of the last five games.

The Ducks are playing game three of an eight-game road swing, so they’ve got to be at that point now where they’re not sure what city their in, and hotel beds are starting to get uncomfortable. But, for some reason I think guys like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan can overcome such obstacles and will be tough to deal with.

The Wild will go with Josh Harding in goal tonight, and Kris Foucault will make his NHL debut tonight with Cal Clutterbuck out with a charley horse.

Head Coach Mike Yeo has tinkered with the lineup again, although he’s leaving the Mikko Koivu- Dany Heatley-Devin Setoguchi line in tact. Matt Cullen will move to the wing on the second line, which will be centered by Kyle Brodziak. Nick Johnson will play the other wing.

Erik Christensen will go back to playing center, and his wings will be Foucault and Carson McMillan.

This will be the final meeting of the season between these two clubs, with the Wild holding a 2-1-0 record thus far.

In off-ice news, the Wild did suspend Justin Fontaine of the Houston Aeros for using an offensive slur on Twitter on Sunday night. Fontaine removed the post and quickly apologized, as did the Wild in a statement:

“Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night. Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros.”

One final note: the Wild will welcome its eight millionth fan through the gates tonight.

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