The Oilers only role is spoiler. A win tonight increases the temperature in the Twin Cities.
Game preview: The Wild are hanging on for dear life at the bottom of the playoff pile - an Oilers upset would make things hilariously interesting, but the Wild get the Flames and Oilers again, so they are safe.
Oilers Report: Hurricane Craig got the job and immediately called up Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen, sent Jerred Smithson, Ryan Whitney and Ryan Jones to the press box and hauled out the trusty old MacBlender to change up the lines in what I call "Operation make sure the hobbit can still possess the puck before we decide to trade or sign him".
Wild Report: The Wild traded for Jason Pominville, but lost Dany Heatley. Jonas Brodin has been a pleasant surprise, Mikael Granlund has been a disappointment.
Expected Line Combinations
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov
Magnus Paajarvi - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Shawn Horcoff - Anton Lander - Teemu Hartikainen
Lennart Petrell - Ryan Smyth - Mike Brown
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Mark Fistric - Corey Potter
Scratches: Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Eric Belanger, Jerred Smithson, Ryan Jones
Rexall Place, 7:30 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet
Radio - 630 CHED
By The Numbers
Kevin Lowe has six rings.
Steve Tambellini, hired by Kevin Lowe to manage the team Lowe couldn't, had a .374 winning percentage as a GM.