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“We’re playing a pretty tough team that’s playing really well, they’ve got four wins in a row, and we feel that this is going to be a very big determination whether we’re going to make the playoffs,” right wing Troy Brouwer said.

But don’t expect the value of this game to be a major topic of conversation within the locker room.

“It doesn’t need to be stated,” defenseman Mike Green said. “It’s evident.”