Sidney, Geno and the eastern conference are in town to face the Wild tonight. The Wild used a third-period comeback to earn a point for the third straight game before falling in a shootout Thursday in Chicago. Pittsburgh won the first meeting of the season, 5-2, at CONSOL Energy Center in December. Bryz will start again tonight for the Wild, Bryzgalov is 5-2-2 with a 2.61 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout in 11 career starts against the Penguins. Marc-Andre hasn't fared much better, never winning a start, going 0-5-0 with a 3.76 GAA and a .853 SV% in five starts against Minnesota. Minnesota has outscored the Penguins 26-13 all-time on the road. The Wild is the only team that Fleury has not defeated in his career.
Mikko Koivu saw his season-best six-game point streak (2-7=9) end Thursday. Minnesota’s captain has 22 points (3-19=22) in his last 20 games and leads the Wild in assists this season, totaling 49 points (10-39=49) in 60 games. Koivu is back on the top line with Parise and Chawlieeee. Dany returned to the lineup, and Mr. Russo thinks it'll be McCormick dressing and Heater in the press box.
Haula scored with 1:54 left in regulation Thursday to force overtime, registering career highs in TOI (15:30) and shots (5). After tallying an assist Monday in LA, the 23-year-old owns his first career point streak. We'll see if Haula can generate more chemistry with Pommer and Moulson. The game can be watched on the NBC Sports Network or heard on 100.3 KFAN in the twin cities.