Feb 14, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) carries the puck during the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers - Game Preview and Lines

Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers

21 FEB 2013 – 7:30 MST

Television: Sportsnet West


Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Nail YakupovSam GagnerAles Hemsky

Ryan SmythEric BelangerBen Eager

Teemu HartikainenChris Vande VeldeMagnus Paajarvi


Nick SchultzJustin Schultz

Ladislav SmidJeff Petry

Theo PeckhamMark Fistric


Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

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  • LINE CHANGES – The top six is back to where it began.  Yakupov is back on the Gagner-Hemsky line, while the bottom six gets a bit of a re-work.  A third line will feature Smyth-Belanger-Eager, and a fourth line will showcase Hartikainen-Vande Velde-Paajarvi.
  • Theo Peckham makes his season debut tonight paired with Mark Fistric.  Ryan Whitney is scratched.
  • Former Oiler defenceman Tom Gilbert will play against Edmonton for the first time in his career
  • Zach Parise currently leads the Wild with 12 points (7-5-12) in 15 games.
  • Devan Dubnyk is back between the pipes for Edmonton, surely looking to improve off his last start versus Colorado.  Dubnyk is 5-4-3 with a .918 SV% and a 2.76 GAA.  Minnesota will counter with Niklas Backstrom, who is 5-4-2 with a .912 SV% and a 2.39 GAA.
  • FUN FACT:  Backstrom is 22-3-1 lifetime against the Oilers.

This is the fourth game in a five game homestand.  Oilers need to start picking up points before their nine games away from Rexall.

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