Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/2/11
FRIDAY'S STORYLINES: Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo expects a "grumpy" team tonight in the Devils. The Devils, who are in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, are coming off a 6-1 trouncing at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. Yeo expects a "strong effort" from the Devils tonight. Facing an Eastern Conference team that you don't see a lot can create a challenge, but Yeo says they will "rely on our pre-scout and things we have seen ourselves." One thing they have already seen is the Devils' aggressiveness. "This new coaching staff is trying to put a stamp on this team, they have been very aggressive on how they approach the game...they are aggressive. They want to get after you," added Yeo. Forward Kyle Brodziak said there are "tendencies" of the Devils to go over as a team, but sticking to their own game is the most important thing. "For the most part we believe it's what we are doing out there and as long as we are playing the way we want to play then the rest should take care of itself," said Brodziak. POWE IN: Yeo said this morning Darroll Powe, who suffered a charley horse in Wednesday's game against Edmonton, will play. Yeo hadn't been expecting him to play and although he didn't say who will be scratched with Powe playing tonight, he did say there is "part of him who wants to see Cody Almond" play. INJURY UPDATE: Cal Clutterbuck is still day-to-day. He skated on his own today and wasn't ready to go tonight. Defenseman Justin Falk is also day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, but Yeo expects Falk to accompany the team on their upcoming road trip. Yeo said Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) and Marek Zidlicky (concussion) are both going along slowly; there is no timetable for either's return. HE SAID IT: "He came into camp in the best shape that I think he has ever been. He said he is feeling well on the ice, he is lighter right now. He still has the strength, he still has the same power, but he is a lot lighter on the ice and I think that will make a big difference for him." - Yeo on Cody Almond
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