Tonight, Minnesota looks to put their three-game losing streak to rest as they square off with the folklore-ridden New Jersey Devils. Minnesota is still waiting for the return of core players as, Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon and Matt Cooke remain sidelined. The good news is, Doctor Mike Yeo and his assistant Michael Russo told us that both Parise and Spurgeon may be able to return Thursday. Im sure Parise is wishing he could lace 'em up against his former team but its sounding like that concussion may have not been as serious as we thought. (knocks on wood)
Darcy Kuemper will be back between the pipes and will look to pickup his first win since November 1st. All though his offense has been quiet to start the season, captain, Mikko Koivu has earned a 66.1 faceoff percentage (72-of-109) which ranks first in the NHL among all players with at least 30 total faceoffs. It may be just be a matter of time before Koivu lights the lamp as his 28 shots since Oct. 30 ranks first in the NHL. Speaking of people being unsatisfied with trerrifc things, Thomas Vanek continues to dish out the apples as he leads the Wild in assists and ranks second with nine points in 13 games. Earlier this week on Twitter, big boss man Tony Wiseau shared with us how great Vanek has been.
No Matt Dumba or Christian Folin, instead Nate Prosser will be paired with Marco Scandella. Jonathan Blum will dress for the first time and skate with Keith Ballard. Minnesota has won just one time in New Jersey, owing a record of 1-3-3 since entering the league. Similar to the Wild, the Devils are also looking to shake off a three-game losing streak. Lets see if our Wild can get back in the win column! Check back at 5:45 for the gamethread.