Minnesota returns home after picking up a win in Boston and what should of been a clean road sweep. A barrage of players went down and a few roster moves have been made since the last time the Wild were at home. Christian Folin and Keith Ballard were placed on the IR earlier this week. Jonas Brodin and Erik Haula sustained injuries against New York and did not dress in Boston. NOW it seems Matt Cooke will be scratched tonight because of a lower-body injury. Cook-E-Monster (my favorite Wild player for obvious reasons) had been on one this season tallying five points in his last five games. With the injury Minnesota has recalled Stephane Veilleux and Stu Bickel was reassigned. (insert fake tears)
About those Sharks, they are coming off a shootout victory over Colorado in winch they pounded out 55 shots. San Jose had a tough time out the gate with their offense, being outshot, 180-134 through their first five games. Since, the Sharks have outshot their opponents, 222-172. In addition they are dominating the first period, outscoring opponents 13-1. Considering Minnesota leads the NHL in fewest shots against at 22.6 and ranks second in shots per game with 34, this one should be a doozy!
These games against the Sharks have been one sided lately, well one sided in terms of who is the home team. Minnesota is 6-0-0 in the last six meetings played against San Jose at Xcel Energy Center and 1-8-1 in the last 10 contests at SAP Center. Antti Niemi is 2-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA and a .922 SV% in three starts against the Wild. Darcy Kuemper has seen San Jose just once in his young career. Check back at 6:45 for the thread and go Wild!