There has already been a new moon since the Wild played last. Minnesota opened their season with back-back shutouts against Colorado. Now they turn their attention to Cal-i-forn-ia to take on the Ducks. It's the home opener for the Ducks and the Wild will look to play spoiler. Anaheim has had Minnesota's number in the past, eliminating them from playoff contention twice and winning five of the last six games. A couple of guys named Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been Wild KILLERS in the past and have gotten off to amazing starts this season tallying six points each through their first four games.
Darcy Kuemper was honored by the NHL as the 2nd star of the week after posting back-back shutouts. Tonight Kuemper and the Wild will try to make NHL history and become the 2nd team ever to open the season with three-straight shutouts. Yeo suggested that we would most likely see Niklas Backstrom on Sunday against LA. Speaking of that Yeo fella, there will be some line changes heading into tonight. Justin Fontaine makes his debut and will be inserted to the 2nd line with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek. Matt Cooke will slide back down to the 4th line with Ryan Carter and Jason Zucker. Christian Folin will be a scratch tonight as Keith Ballard slides in with Mathew Dumba. There will be no changes on the 1st or 3rd line and rightfully so.
The Wild will see some familiar faces in Anaheim tonight. The Ducks signed Clayton Stoner to a multi-year deal as well as "prying" away Dany Heatley, but the all star is currently out with groin injury. Minnesota has been a much better road team dating back to the 2nd half of last season. Anaheim is one of the best in their own building owning a home record of 29-8-5 last year.