Tonight the Wild will host the Maple Leafs and will try to figure it out on home ice. Minnesota has not won at home in its last four games. Erik Haula will return tonight, and Mike Yeo told Russo that he must on top of his conditioning. Darcy Kuemper will start for the Wild tonight. Kuemper didn't fare too well in his lone start against Toronto. Jason Zucker is a game-decision. Despite getting sent down earlier this week, the Wild had to recall Tyler Graovac and he'll dress if Zucker cant go.
Jonas Brodin returns tonight and will be paired with Ryan Suter. Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon are reunited with Nate Prosser and Christian Folin rounding out the blue liners. Since Nov. 28, 11 of the Wild’s 14 games have been decided by one goal. Minnesota has used 26 different forward lineups in its 35 games this season and guess what, its a new look for the Wild tonight.
Parise - Koivu - Pominville
Nino - Haula - Coyle
Vanek - Brodziak - Fontaine
Zucker - Carter - Cooke
Its no secret that Nino (and Coyle for that matter) have had a rough go of it lately, which is why its a little strange that Haula is getting top 6 minutes with those two. If Zucker cant go tonight, there will be even more shuffling and we'll just have to wait to see how that plays out. Check back at 6:45 for the gamehtread and go Wild!.