Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/19/11
MONDAY'S STORYLINES: Play the system. Stay structured. Be disciplined. Those are words used by Wild players when describing how they have been successful this season despite a barrage of injuries. In their 2-1 shootout loss on Saturday to the NY Islanders, Mike Yeo felt the team lost sight of the system that has been so successful for Minnesota. "That's what disappoints me, just our mindset overall. Fancy plays and soft plays that are completely uncharacteristic for us when we have a full lineup, let alone when there should be more urgency and desperation in our game," Said Yeo after the game. The team was without skilled forwards Devin Setoguchi, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mikko Koivu and Guillaume Latendresse on Saturday. Forward Darroll Powe said this morning there can be a tendency to try too hard when you are missing key pieces. "I think sometimes there is a tendency to play above what your role is when there are guys out, I think maybe a little of that snuck into our game," said Powe. The Wild were able to come back and tie the game in the third period against the Islanders. Powe attributed the third period success to getting back to their game. It will be important that their mindset carries into tonight's game against their division rival Vancouver. Vancouver is 10-2-1 in their last 13 games and sits five points behind the Wild in the Northwest Division. The Wild also want avoid a four-game losing streak. "This is a huge game for us, these guys are a good team and right behind us in the division here. It is important that we play our system and our way because that is the way we are going to be successful," noted Powe When they are playing their system successfully, what will you see from Minnesota? "Our game is north hockey, getting pucks behind their defensemen, forcing them up ice making them work, playing in behind their defensemenThat is the biggest thing, quick transitions and getting pucks deep in their end," added Powe. BOUCHARD BACK: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (facial injury) is expected to be back in the lineup tonight. He will play on a line with Dany Heatley and Matt Cullen. Mikko Koivu (Lower Body) participated in morning skate, but won't play tonight. Yeo said Koivu looked really good out there today. HE SAID IT: "Players playing hard, playing for each other day in and day out. It is the consistency of our group. It doesn't matter who we have in the lineup, it doesn't matter who we are playing against. Whether we have had success or struggled, we have gotten back to our game and we have played our game consistently. I think that word in itself, consistency, and how we prepare, how we go out and perform because of that." -- Yeo on Minnesota's success
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