After a tough game in Chicago last night in which the Wild lost its first central division game in regulation, the Wild return home to complete the back-back hosting the Bruins. Darcy Kuemper was suppose to between the pipes last night but he caught some kind of bug in the afternoon, which made Niklas Backstrom the unexpected netminder. Backstrom was suppose to be the man to start tonight's game due to his amazing success against Boston. Well, just like Kuemper, Spurgeon and Coyle; this stomach bug has now infected Backstrom. If Backstrom can no go tonight, Minnesota has recalled goalie John Curry from Iowa. Backstrom is 5-0-1 with a 1.32 GAA, a .957 SV% and two shutouts in six starts against the Bruins.
Minnesota is an all-time 12-2-1 & 5-1-1 at Xcel Energy Center against Boston. The Bruins are also playing on a back-back tonight, and are 0-5-0 in the 2nd game of those sets. A red hot and my unbiased favorite player, Thomas Vanek leads the Wild with 63 points (30-33=63) in 56 games against the Bruins – his most points versus any NHL team.
Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread and who ever is the last one standing wins... literally. Go Wild.