Welp, he's back. Mikko skated on Sunday Morning
and all indications are he's good to go after missing the last 17 games. Granny has been dynamite on the top line (and all year to be real) and will remain on the top line with Parise and Pommer. Koivu will be paired with Heatley and Coyle on the 2nd line tonight. But will slide back in to centering the top PP unit. We do know that Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes for the 15th consecutive game and not Nikilas Backstrom despite having very good career numbers against the Flames. Marco Scandella returns to lineup tonight, alongside Keith Ballard.
Granlund will also being facing his brother, Markus Granlund, who is dressing for only the 3rd time in his short career. Markus was lighting up the AHL with a slash of 23-21-44. Granlund was playing alongside Corban Knight and Ben Hanowski in Abbotsford, and will only be a matter of time before those former studs of the now realigned (thanks Gophers, sorry SCSU fan here) WCHA to join him. Markus was drafted by the Flames here in St. Paul back in 2011.
The Wild have a chance to do something they haven't done all season, and that's win five games in a row. The year2014 has been very kind to the Wild, having recorded the most points in the NHL (28) since January 1st. Minnesota owns a record of 13-4-2 and is tied for first in the NHL in winning percentage.
Puck drops in St. Paul at 7:05 and the game can be watched on Fox Sports North and heard on 100.3 FM KFXN in the Twin Cities.