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When: Saturday, 12/22 8:00pm

Where: Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN)

National: NONE

Local: FSD (HD), FSN (St. Paul)

Referees: Dennis LaRue, Chris Lee

Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Brian Mach

Season Series: Detroit 1-0-0

Dec 7 DET 5 vs MIN 0

Top Scorers vs. Opponent

DET: LW Henrik Zetterberg (3-0-3 +3), C Pavel Datsyuk (0-3-3 +3), RW Johan Franzen (1-1-2 +1)

MIN: N/A

Detroit Red Wings

Record: 25-7-3

Home: 16-2-1

Road: 9-5-2

Last 5: 3-1-1

Last 10: 8-1-1

vs. Northwest: 8-0-1

Goals Scored: 124

Goals Against: 81

Power Play: T-2nd (23.7%) - 41PPG, 7SHGA

Penalty Kill: 8th (84.9%) - 2SHG, 26PPGA

Team Leaders

Goals: Henrik Zetterberg (25), Tomas Holmstrom (17), Pavel Datsyuk (13)

Assists: Pavel Datsyuk (29), Nicklas Lidstrom (28), Henrik Zetterberg (25)

Points: Henrik Zetterberg (50), Pavel Datsyuk (42), Tomas Holmstrom (31), Nicklas Lidstrom (31)

PP Goals: Henrik Zetterberg (11), Tomas Holmstrom (10), Daniel Cleary (5)

PP Points: Henrik Zetterberg (21), Brian Rafalski (18), Pavel Datsyuk (17)

SH Goals: Kris Draper (1), Henrik Zetterberg (1)

SH Points: Kris Draper (1), Johan Franzen (1), Henrik Zetterberg (1)

Plus/Minus: Nicklas Lidstrom (+21), Pavel Datsyuk (+16), Henrik Zetterberg (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Andreas Lilja (46), Aaron Downey (41), Tomas Holmstrom (40)

Shots: Henrik Zetterberg (185), Pavel Datsyuk (128), Daniel Cleary (100)

Injuries: RW Tomas Holmstrom (knee), LW Kirk Maltby (back) OUT.

Projected Lineup:

Valtteri Filppula - Pavel Datsyuk - Daniel Cleary

Jiri Hudler - Henrik Zetterberg - Mikael Samuelsson

Dallas Drake - Kris Draper - Johan Franzen

Tomas Kopecky - Matt Ellis - Aaron Downey

Nicklas Lidstrom - Brian Rafalski

Niklas Kronwall - Andreas Lilja

Chris Chelios - Brett Lebda

In net: Dominik Hasek 10-5-2 2.50GAA .882SV% 1SHO (17 games)

Career vs. MIN: 8-0-0 (2 ties) 0.98GAA .957SV% 3SHO (10 games)

Minnesota Wild

Record: 20-12-2

Home: 12-5-0

Road: 8-7-2

Last 5: 4-1-0

Last 10: 7-3-0

vs. Central: 7-3-0

Goals Scored: 89

Goals Against: 86

Power Play: 11th (19.1%) - 31PPG, 5SHGA

Penalty Kill: 14th (82.9%) - 1SHG, 25PPGA

Team Leaders

Goals: Marian Gaborik (18), Brian Rolston (12), Eric Belanger (8)

Assists: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (20), Marian Gaborik (15), Eric Belanger (13), Brian Rolston (13)

Points: Marian Gaborik (33), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (26), Brian Rolston (25)

PP Goals: Marian Gaborik (6), Eric Belanger (4), Mark Parrish (4), Brian Rolston (4)

PP Points: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (13), Marian Gaborik (11), Brian Rolston (11)

SH Goals: Eric Belanger (1)

SH Points: Eric Belanger (1), Nick Schultz (1), Stephane Veilleux (1)

Plus/Minus: Keith Carney (+9), Eric Belanger (+6), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (+6), Brent Burns (+6)

Penalty Minutes: Todd Fedoruk (63), Aaron Voros (58), Derek Boogaard (52)

Shots: Brian Rolston (129), Marian Gaborik (119), Mikko Koivu (59)

Injuries: C Mikko Koivu (leg), D Petteri Nummelin (leg), LW Derek Boogaard (back) OUT. LW Todd Fedoruk (leg) QUESTIONABLE.

Projected Lineup:

Aaron Voros - Pavol Demitra - Marian Gaborik

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Eric Belanger - Brian Rolston

Stephane Veilleux - James Sheppard - Mark Parrish

Branko Radivojevic - Dominic Moore - Brent Burns

Kim Johnsson - Nick Schultz

Kurtis Foster - Keith Carney

Martin Skoula - Sean Hill

In net: Niklas Backstrom 13-6-1 2.29GAA .915SV% 2SHO (21 games)

Career vs. DET: 0-1-0 3.00GAA .909SV% 0SHO (1 game)

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http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/preview/NHL_20071222_DET@MIN

Marian Gaborik pulled off a rare feat the last time he took the ice.

Fresh off the NHL's first five-goal game in 11 years, Gaborik will look to help the Minnesota Wild match their longest winning streak of the season when they host the league-leading Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Gaborik's outburst came during Minnesota's fourth straight win, a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday. The five-goal game was the first in the NHL since Sergei Federov did it for Detroit in an overtime game against Washington on Dec. 26, 1996.

Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux was the last to tally five in regulation on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.

"One time I got five goals when I was playing back home for a pro club back there, but this is just totally different," Gaborik said. "You score five goals in the NHL it's just a totally different experience. To reach it here with these guys in front of our fans is just unbelievable."

Gaborik, the first player Minnesota drafted in 2000, has nine of the Wild's 13 hat tricks in franchise history. No Minnesota player had ever scored more than three times in one game.

"It was pretty amazing," said captain Mark Parrish, who had Minnesota's last three-goal game on Dec. 9, 2006. "He was banking 'em in out of the air, scoring on breakaways, skating through everybody with it, making highlight-film goals. My God, he was doing it every which-way tonight."

Gaborik, who leads the Wild (20-12-2) with 18 goals and 33 points, has eight goals and three assists during a six-game point streak. He also had an assist against the Rangers, matching his single-game career high with six points.

Gaborik has just five goals and seven assists in 19 career games versus Detroit.

Minnesota opened the season with five straight wins, including three shutouts. Matching that run, however, won't be easy as the Wild are 2-10-0 with two ties in their last 14 games against the Red Wings. Detroit (25-7-3) has earned a point in its last six games in Minnesota, including a tie and an overtime loss.

Detroit is coming off a 3-2 to St. Louis on Thursday, ending a 12-game point streak. The Red Wings, who have 53 points, had not lost in regulation since a 3-2 defeat at Nashville on Nov. 22.

"We competed hard," coach Mike Babcock said. "We had a good run where we won a lot of games, and now we have to start another streak."

The Red Wings beat Minnesota 5-0 on Dec. 7 in Detroit behind three goals from Henrik Zetterberg and 19 saves from Dominik Hasek.

Zetterberg, who leads Detroit with 50 points, has four goals and five assists in his last five games. He also has five goals and an assist in his last four games against the Wild.

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I forget the size of goalie pads in 1996 and the trap just started coming into effect by then, but Gaborik's 5-goal feat in this day and age is amazing.

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Actually Datsyuk did:classic: .

Sorry, my head still is fuzzy, I vomited last night for the first time in 17 years and 11 months and I guess my vision was affected by it as well.

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Wings win 4-1. Goals were scored by Datsyuk, Franzen, Cleary, and Kopecky. Zetterberg was out with back spasms, but the Wings were still able to muster enough offense to get a W.

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Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Maltby all missed the game and we were playing our third game in 4 nights against a rested Minnesota team that is 3rd overall in the west. Despite all that we thrashed them rather soundly. I'm feeling really good about this season.

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Wings win 4-1. Goals were scored by Datsyuk, Franzen, Cleary, and Kopecky. Zetterberg was out with back spasms, but the Wings were still able to muster enough offense to get a W.

"Muster?" Didn't the Wings outshoot them 51-14 or something obscene like that? :silly:

This is a good team. A really good team.

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I got a question.

It seems the Red Wings beat the Wild the way the Globetrotters beat the Generals.

Why is that? I know the Wings are that good, but it's not like the Wild are that bad either. I know nothing about hockey obviously, but it's interesting. I always thought Minnesota has the playmakers to beat Detroit. What makes Detroit that successful against the Wild?

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Dominik Hasek. He simply owns the Wild. He's 10-0-0 with 2 ties in 12 career games with a goals against under 1.00. That's just ridiculous.

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