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GDT: Minnesota Wild @ the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00pm FSN OHIO



For the good of the CBJ, Optimus Moo has been demoted and I'm taking my undefeated GDT record and making the thread for the game.

29-19-3, 61 points, 1st in the Northwest vs.
25-22-6, 56 points, 3rd in the Central


Important Notes:

Bring your appetite fans, as it's $1 hot dog night

Newest Blue Jacket : Dick Tarnstrom

0 goals, 2 assists, and -4 in his 12 career games vs the Wild. Tarnstrom's career profile


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Wild Stats

2.78 Goals per Game (12th in NHL)
2.67 Goals Against per Game (10th in NHL)

19.1% Power Play (7th in NHL)
84.1% Penalty Kill (9th in NHL)

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #10 Marian Gaborik ~ 26G 27A = 53pts
2. #96 P-M Bouchard ~ 11G 33A = 44pts
3. #12 Brian Rolston ~ 18G 19A = 37pts
4. #25 Eric Belanger ~ 12G 21A = 33pts
5. #38 Pavol Demitra ~ 10G 21A = 31pts

Top 3 Penalty Minutes:

1. #34 Aaron Voros ~ 83 PIM’s
2. #17 Todd Fedoruk ~ 82 PIM’s
3. #24 Derek Boogaard ~ 52 PIM’s

Goaltenders:

1. #32 Niklas Backstrom ~ (19-9-2) 2.48GAA .915SV%
2. #29 Josh Harding ~ (10-10-1) 2.88GAA .912SV%

CBJ stats

2.45 Goals per Game (25th in NHL)
2.43 Goals Against per Game (6th in NHL)

16.3% Power Play (23rd in NHL)
86.5% Penalty Kill (3rd in NHL)

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #13 Nikolai Zherdev ~ 21G 24A = 45pts
2. #61 Rick Nash ~ 26G 17A = 43pts
3. #91 Sergei Fedorov ~ 8G 19A = 27pts
4. #6 Ron Hainsey ~ 5G 19A = 24pts
5. #25 Jason Chimera ~ 8G 14A = 22pts

Top 3 Penalty Minutes:

1. #40 Jared Boll ~ 164 PIM’s
2. #55 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen ~ 81 PIM’s
3. #52 Adam Foote ~ 75 PIM’s

Goaltenders:

1. #31 Pascal Leclaire ~ (19-11-3) 2.11GAA .925SV%
2. #30 Fredrik Norrena ~ (6-11-3) 2.57GAA .905SV%

Stats analysis by MVN's Theresa Ferries



Wild player to watch: Marian Gaborik - 26 goals and 53 points.





Lineups: (projected)


Rick Nash - Jiri Novotny - Jared Boll
Jason Chimera - Michael Peca - Nikolai Zherdev
Gilbert Brule - Derick Brassard - Dan Fritsche
Andrew Murray - Manny Malhotra - David Vyborny

Adam Foote - Jan Hejda
Rostislav Klesla - Ron Hainsey
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen - Kris Russell
Tarnstrom?

Steady Freddy Norrena (per Puckrakers)


Aaron Voros – Pavol Demitra – Marian Gaborik
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Eric Belanger – Brian Rolston
Stephane Veilleux – Mikko Koivu – Mark Parrish
Derek Boogaard – James Sheppard – Todd Fedoruk

Nick Schultz – Kim Johnsson
Kurtis Foster – Sean Hill
Martin Skoula – Brent Burns

Niklas Backstrom




Injuries

Modin has a hamstring tear, suffered in the second period Tuesday vs. Phoenix. He's out a week to 10 days, meaning he'll miss at least the next five games, probably more than that. Tough season for the Big Swede.

Fedorov skated by himself this morning and developed a headache. So, he'll take a couple of days off and try to gear back up again. He's out for Saturday, for sure, and probably Tuesday vs. Washington, too.


1/31/2008 Derek Boogaard Back IR
1/31/2008 Mark Parrish Bruised Foot Day to Day


Tommy's keys to the game:

1. Stop Gaborik, he's deadly with the puck and is faster than our skaters.
2. We desperately need some secondary scoring after Rick & Nik.
3. I think we need to win the special teams battle, they're top 10 in both PP and PK.
4. Don't let them get the lead, Backstrom is now 26-0-0 in his career when the Wild lead after 40 minutes.


Other key games on Saturday
Coyotes vs Predators
Avalanche at St. Louis


Last edited by Buffaloed: 02-04-2008 at 01:34 PM. Reason: attribution added for stats
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