Tonight the Minnesota Wild continues their road trip and is looking to get back to their winning ways after dropping back-back games. Despite outshooting Ottawa 35-17 on Thursday, Minnesota was not able to light the lamp at all and has scored just once in their last two games. Niklas Backstrom made just his 3rd start and it was an ugly one, allowing those three goals on not much adversity. Zach Parise is out indefinitely with a concussion and was leading the Wild in points before he was sidelined with the injury. Not to mention Matt Cooke and Jared Spurgeon are still out with injuries as well. We do know that Ketih Ballard is back from his injury and will dress tonight. Matt Dumba is expected to do big things on the power play tonight too with Spurgeon still sidelined. Thomas Vanek is on the top line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek tied his season high of seven shots on goal in Thursday's matchup. With Parise sidelined, someone will have to step up and fill his (skates) shoes.
Pretty neat scenario happening in the pregame tonight at the Belle Centre. Minnesota Wild Chief of Amateur Scouting, Guy Lapointe, will have his sweater (#5) retired by Montreal. Lapointe played 16 NHL seasons (1968-84) and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams with the Canadiens. He is in his 16th year as Chief of Amateur Scouting for the Wild. Minnesota plays its seventh game away from Saint Paul and owns a record of 2-4-0 away from the X. The Wild are 5-5-3 against Montreal since entering the league. Carey Price, one of the best goalies in the business, is 3-2-0 with a 2.79 GAA and a .894 SV% in five starts against the Wild. Check back at 6:15 for the gamethread as puck drop is now at 6:30 tonight. GO WILD!