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About the Wild - 11-18-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Wild.

Record: 10-4-1

Leading Scorer: Mikko Koivu (right with goaltender Niklas Backstrom), 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 home shootout win against the Blue Jackets Saturday.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 home loss. Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists.

Wild Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Owen Nolan. He has 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 32 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins: Mike Ramsey, assistant coach.

Useless Wild Trivia: Minnesota is one of five active NHL franchise to have never had a player reach 100 points in a season. The others are the Blue Jackets, Devils, Panthers and Predators.

Best Wild YouTube Video We Could Find: The Wild has a lot of depth:

NOTES:

-Something tells us Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard might cross paths tonight They're more than familiar with each other:

-Dany Sabourin will get the start tonight.

-Philippe Boucher should get some opportunities on the power play.

-Boucher is listed as No. 43 on the Penguins' Web site. The only other players in team history to wear that number are Jeff Daniels and Tomas Surovy.

-Evgeni Malkin will test Minnesota's vaunted defense.

-Minnesota doesn't plan on changing its game plan on account of Malkin or Sidney Crosby.

-The Wild is 5-2-1 all-time against the Penguins.

-Defenseman Martin Skoula has been consistent for the Wild.

-How old is Mellon Arena? Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire played there his rookie year.

-Bad news for the Penguins' inconsistent power play. The Wild's penalty killers are the best in the league.

-Our live blog starts at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

-Tonight's game is on Versus. You'll need to go to the house of that guy your cousin sort of knows from work if you want to watch it.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Is Jordan Staal (right) the next Keith Primeau?

-Staal is only beginning to realize his potential.

-How exactly are the Penguins 11-4-2?

Atlantic Division

-A shootout goal by Frans Nielsen gave the Islanders a 2-1 win against the Canucks.

-Nikolai Zherdev's shootout goal gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory against the Senators.

-Rangers defenseman Wade Redden is beginning to show his value.

-Former Penguins forward Markus Naslund is enjoying a low profile with the Rangers.

-Someone apparently feels the tuxedo former Flyers goaltender Pelle Lindbergh wore when he won the Vezina Trophy is worth $800.

-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin nearly cost Devils forward Bobby Holik a pinkie finger.

Northeast Division

-Milan Lucic and Marc Savard each had two assists for the Bruins in a 3-2 win at Toronto.

-Sabres forward Ales Kotalik is dealing with a hamstring injury.

-The Senators have benched defenseman Christoph Schubert.

-Ottawa re-united the "Pizza Line" of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

-Dany Heatley (right) is a good bet to end up on Canada's 2010 Olympic roster.

-Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher is ready to give the keys to Brian Burke.

-Toronto's Ian White, formerly a defenseman, is digging life as a right winger.

Southeast Division

-Shocker of the day: Lightning forward and former Penguin Gary Roberts likes "Grey's Anatomy."

-Another former Penguins forward turned Lightning, Adam Hall, is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Tampa Bay owner Oren Koules denied reports that his players asked management to fire former coach Barry Melrose.

-The Panthers are desperate for wins.

-Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom is on a hot streak.

(Kudos to EN Reader John Falcone for the heads up.)

Central Division

-Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin made a whopping 20 saves and led the Red Wings to a 4-0 shutout of another of his former teams, the Oilers. It was Conklin's fifth career shutout.

-St. Louis forward Andy McDonald will be out of the lineup for eight weeks due to an ankle injury.

-The Blues demoted forward Steve Regier to Peoria of the AHL.

-Blue Jackets forward Raffi Torres is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Predators forward Jason Arnott (right with Predators trainer Dan Redmond) suffered a neck injury after he crashed into the net last night.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed forward Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension.

-Oilers forward Fernando Pisani suffered a broken ankle last night.

-Here's a video of the injury. This is kind of gruesome so you may not want to watch it:

-Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr might be the most influential player within the NHLPA.

Pacific Division

-Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 4-1 win at Nashville.

-There was a crazy sequence of events in during the third period of this game. Three fights happened within a six second span in terms of the game clock.

-San Jose's Joe Thornton vs. Nashvilles Scott Nichol who is apparently the size of a 10-year-old boy:

-Brad Staubitz vs. Jordin Tootoo:

-Jody Shelley vs. Greg de Vries:

-Will a change of scenery help former Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor in Dallas?

-Sydor never wanted to leave Dallas.

-Sydor will sport No. 55 for the Stars.

-The Stars will rely on Sydor to bring stability to their blue line.

-The Stars put forward B.J. Crombeen on waivers.

-Is Jonas Hiller the Ducks' top goaltender?

-Coyotes defenseman Zybnek Michalek is one of the top shot blockers in the NHL.

Adams Division

-Are helmets necessary for the shootout?

-The NHL is still pretty clueless about hits to the head.

-This might be the most incredibly heartbreaking story you read all day.

(Photos: Koivu-Paul Battaglia/Associated Press; Staal-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Heatley-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Arnott-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

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