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Wild juggle lines, roster for huge tilt vs. Kings

Apr 23, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

MikeYeo

Needing a win tonight, Mike Yeo is shaking things up.

The Minnesota head coach is making a number of lineup changes for Tuesday’s game against LA:

– Jake Dowell will make his season debut
Zenon Konopka will draw back in for the first time since Apr. 11
Justin Faulk will replace Brett Clark on defense
Cal Clutterbuck will jump up to the second line

All this as the Wild look to snap a five-game winless streak at the Xcel Energy Center and get one step closer to the playoffs.

Minnesota heads into tonight’s game in seventh place in the West, but tied with eighth-place Columbus on points (51).

What’s more, the Wild are only one up on ninth-place Detroit and three up on 10th-place Dallas, and could find themselves in must-win territory should they fail to get a result against the Kings.

Clutterbuck, who will skate with Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi tonight, says he’s looking forward to the challenge and appreciates that team still controls its own destiny — even though the Wild are 3-6-1 in their last 10.

“I think we’ve got to remove ourselves from the negativity surrounding it all and realize we have a great chance,” he told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “We’re still in control.”

  1. aldog83 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    3-2 KINGS in regulation.

    • rodeoclowndc - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Works for me – gives us and DET a chance to hop over them in the standings.

    • kopy - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      103-0 WILD in regulation.

      Our opinions count the same!

      • aldog83 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        103 goals!

        That’s crazy!

        (Weak post on my part, just did not think line changed would help Wild)

        Parise and Surer where worth the money. (No sarcasm, its rare big money free agents pan out well….much less two.) Hope you guys can upset Van/Chi) not ducks…would like to see kings ducks if they both advance

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    4-3 Wild in SO.

  3. travishenryskid - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Sabres fan really hoping the Wild choke their way out of the playoffs. No hatred towards Minnesota, but that extra lottery ball would be really nice.

  4. purp1234 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    it starts from the goal out and backstrom is burned out. He isn’t facing a ton of shots and still is struggling to maintain a 900 sv pct.

  5. ray2013 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Spend $200 million on the top two free agents, sign their highly touted rookie. I was thinking they would be in the top ten teams in the league. Instead its still possible they dont make the playoffs. Who gets fired for this underperforming team?

    • gooterbaby - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Their rookies are still learning the game…especially the physical aspect and playing the boards. Two players do not make a team…they are still putting this team together.

      • ray2013 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:38 AM

        Where was this sentiment this past summer after they signed Parise & Suter? All I saw was Wild fans saying how they have the best prospects on the farm and they were going to be a greatly improved team. If by moving up a handful of spots is improving, then the Oilers qualify as an improved team also.

  6. bustmustplus - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    It’s Justin Falk

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