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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Wild Versus Coyotes

The Wild play the Coyotes in Phoenix tonight. The Wilds' Marian Gaborik and Owen Nolan are unlikely to play, both recovering from injuries. Antti Miettinen didn't practice on Friday, instead giving his injured leg a day off. He may see ice time tonight.

The Wild is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens from a Thursday game in St. Paul.

Phoenix ranks fourth of five teams in the Pacific Division with 4 wins and 4 losses. All things being equal - which of course they're not - the Wild have the better team, but their injuries could give the Coyotes the edge tonight. Plus, Phoenix is coming off a win from Thursday night beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1.

The puck hits the ice at 9PM in Arizona.

Other NHL News:

* Speaking of the Penguins, who lost the Cup last season to Detroit, Sidney Crosby has what an APee story calls an "undisclosed injury." He exited Thursday's game against Phoneix early in the third period. It was unclear and then doubtful if he was going to suit up for tonight's game against Columbus, but now appears he will.

* Jared Boll of Columbus received a one game suspension by the NHL for initiating a fight in the last five minutes of their game against the Colorado Avalanche. Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock received a $10 Grand fine related to the fight.

* Zach Bogosian of the Atlanta Thrashers is off the ice indefinitely with a broken left leg. Bogosian being out gives team mate Nathan Oystrick the opportunity to shine. Will he?

* The Canadiens play the dead-last/worst record New York Islanders tonight in New York. Islander's primary goalie Rick DiPietro remains off the ice with a lower body injury, which is a large party of the I's below average performance of late.


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