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Hockey Day Preview: Desperate Wild host streaking Bertuzzi, Red Wings

Feb 20, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild host the Detroit Red Wings in a clash between two unlikely hot players: Wild center Kyle Brodziak and Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi.

Brodziak is a former cast-off from the fledgling Toronto Maple Leafs who is on the run of his young career. Brodziak now has 14 points in his last 14 games on the strength of a one-goal, two-assist performance in a 5-1 Wild against the Anaheim Ducks, with that goal coming thanks to an impressive feat of hand-eye coordination.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings come into this afternoon’s game with a four-game winning streak in some part due to the resurgence of once-shamed forward Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi will play in the 1,000th game of his NHL career today. It seems like the Steve Moore incident neutered his power forward game over the years, but he still has some serious skill, exhibited by the fact that he has three two-goal games during Detroit’s winning streak.

The Wild need a win almost as much as anyone else going into today’s game, with the possible exception of the Chicago Blackhawks. Two points would launch the 10th-place Minnesota team all the way to sixth place in the West, while a one-point output would create a five-way tie for that spot.

Detroit doesn’t have the same scent of desperation as Minnesota does, but they still have incentive to win. Obviously, there’s the less tangible goal of going into the rapidly approaching playoffs playing their best hockey, but there’s also the dangling carrot of the top spot in the West. They trail the Vancouver Canucks by a substantial seven points in that regard, but they do have two games in hand, so it’s not out of the question at this point.

For another look at this game, click here for the Associated Press preview.

  1. getitrightdude - Feb 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Who is the fool calling the DET MIN game on NBC? He keeps saying mini this mini that, is he a mini me fan? Does he think he’s in Minneapolis? Or is he so damn ignorant that he can’t bring himself to say Minnesota? I don’t know, but I know I chose to turn on my radio. Get it right dude, your delivery is lame, sounds like your bored stiff. Maybe there ‘s a basketball game they can stick you on next time you go to work. Terrible Terrible Terrible… Where’s Gary Thorne been these days?

  2. kendog1 - Feb 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    At least you got to see the game. On the west coast they stuck us with New York v Philly. Not only that, they blocked the coverage on NHL Center Ice! RIP OFF!!!!

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