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:


-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.



-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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