After being SHUTDOWN by Jonathan Quick on Sunday, the Wild return home to welcome the artist previously known as Phoenix. Minnesota dropped two games in California and have not played at home in two weeks. Despite winning just two of four games, the Wild have been pouring it on with shots. The Wild have out-shot opponents in every game this season, totaling a 151-88 advantage through four games, an average of 37.8 to 22. That's good for 2nd and 1st in the NHL. Hats off to the blue liners and too for making it an "easy" time for Kuemper and Backs too.
Darcy Kuemper is expected to be back between the pipes tonight. Kuemper owns terrific numbers at the X in his career posting a 9-3-2 career record, 1.80 GAA and a .933 SV%. In case you did not #RTFB from Russo, Keith Ballard and Christian Folin will dress, Mathew Dumba will not. One of our contributors, Alec Schmidt, did an awesome piece on a short handed goal in which some place the blame on Dumba. Yeo claims he wants Ballard's left handed shot, which will help the transition game. Kyle Brodziak will be scratched for the 3rd consecutive game as well. Ryan Carter has played well in his place and has tallied assists in back-back games.
Fresh off a contract extension, Charlie Coyle has moved up to the 2nd line with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek. A line that has generated next to nothing through the first four games. Coyle & Koivu had success in the past and hopefully together, they can awake the sleeping giant that is that 2nd line.Thomas Vanek has voiced some frustration on not lighting the lamp. Yet, its not crazy for him to be a streaky player, as pointed out over here at the Wilderness.
Im guessing it will be Mike Smith between the pipes since he's owned decent career numbers against the Wild. The Coyotes have made a living at the X, winning six of the last eight games in St. Paul. Lets hope the Wild can get back in the win collum! Go Wild.