Wow that was an odd one last night, eh? After blowing a 3 goal lead late in the 2nd period, Minnesota was able to get a clutch goal from fan favorite, Thomas Vanek to tie the game with Marco Scandella scoring the OT winner sealing the deal. Now Minnesota heads to the X to finish their back-back with the St. Louis Blues. We have not heard if it will be Niklas Backstrom between the pipes tonight. Backstrom is 6-9-1 with a 2.81 GAA, a .895 SV% and one shutout in 16 starts against the Blues. Minnesota has had better success at the X against St. Louis with a 15-7-5 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota plays a Central Division opponent for the second straight night. Minnesota is the only team in the Division with an undefeated record (6-0-0).
Matt Dumba has been sent down to the AHL for the first time in his career and the Wild have recalled Justin Falk who will (probably) dress tonight. Dumba was suppose to be sent down a few weeks ago, but that was before this mumps virus was taking the league by storm. With Brodin and everyone else healthy, it will be best for him to develop in the AHL, which is, well, what the AHL is for.
The Blues have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Wild, and have been excellent on the PK as St. Louis has kept the Minnesota power play scoreless in seven straight contests, including 27 straight kills overall during that stretch. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread.