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Wild forward Dany Heatley says he's surprised by the first-place team's depth. Injury concerns have caused the Wild to rely heavily on their younger, less experienced lines. Heatley says it's exciting to see young players step up each night.
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Wild forward Dany Heatley says he's surprised by the first-place team's depth. Injury concerns have caused the Wild to rely heavily on their younger, less experienced lines. Heatley says it's exciting to see young players step up each night.

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