So yet again, tonight's storyline is two teams looking for their first win. To be fair, Nashville is looking for their first point, but the Wild need to come out of tonight's game with 2 points. In regulation, because I am sick of overtime already.
The Wild recalled Carson McMillan today as insurance because several Wild players are feeling under the weather. All 12 forwards (Not including McMillan) skated in the morning skate, so it appears that this call up is indeed just precautionary.
Ryan Suter will be making another return trip to Nashville, where fans will continue to boo him every time he has the puck. To the amazement of everyone outside of Nashville, Predators fans still refuse to boo Shea Weber, WHO SIGNED AN OFFER SHEET TO TRY AND GET OFF THE TEAM AND JOIN THE FLYERS FOR GODS SAKE. But hey, semantics right?
Other storylines from today will be Mikael Granlund's start as the second line center. The Wild will be hurting without Charlie Coyle in the line-up, but Granlund might be able to prove his doubters wrong with a strong game tonight.
Niklas Backstrom get's the start tonight. Most of us were expecting Josh Harding, but Backstrom plays pretty well in Nashville so the coaches decided to go with him.
For Nashville, tonight will be a great look at the Weber and 1st round pick Seth Jones pairing. Rumor has it that Jones has a pretty smooth skating stride. It will be interesting to see how that pairing plays compared to the Suter/Jonas Brodin pairing.
Former Wild center Matt Cullen will play his first game against his former team. Cullen, who has been one of the most popular players for the Wild, shouldn't be expecting any visiting fans to boo him tonight.
Roman Josi will be out of the Nashville line-up with a concussion thanks to the Colorado Avalanche and Steve Downie. I know we aren't Nashville fans here, but it will never cease to amaze me that Avs fans cry about hits and concussions on their players but never find anything wrong when any of their players make dirty or dangerous hits. Or hits that injure other players.
Anyway, check back around 6pm for tonight's game thread. Considering that Barry Trotz has decided that this will be one of the biggest rivalries of #conferenceIII, it should be a good game.