Tonight the Minnesota Wild try to build upon another winning streak when they host the Anaheim Ducks. Minnesota has taken at least a point in all but one of their six games this season and that lone loss was to the Ducks. And on the contrary, Anaheim's win against the Wild is their only win this season. The Wild outshot the Ducks, 35-22 in Sundays loss and after the game head coach Mike Yeo thought it may have been Minnesota's best game despite the scoreboard showing otherwise. But that's kind of how a lot of these games with Anaheim have felt. Minnesota has suffered six straight one-goal losses (0-5-1, 10/27/13-3/13/15) at home against Anaheim. Not to mention going 1-9-1 in its last 11 meetings overall against the Ducks.
Nate Prosser will dress tonight in place of Christian Folin but that's the only change. Nino Niederreiter was banged up a few weeks ago but man, he has a knack for the net, scoring in back-back games. His linemates in Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker have put together a nice string of games generating a lot of chances. Mikko Koivu is riding a four-game point streak and has been money in the faceoff circle. Despite Jason Zucker piling on the shots (17) he has yet to light the lamp and it seems like only a matter of time before he starts netting those goals. Thomas Vanek scored the game winning goal on Thursday and is tied for second on the team in goals this season. But the Vanek-Coyle-Fontaine line were on the ice for three of the fours goals the Ducks scored on the Wild last Sunday. So lets see if they can rebound from a rough game.
Devan Dubnyk is in tonight for the Wild. Doobie has won four of his five starts but his save percentage (.896) this season isn't exactly pretty. That percentage ranks 33rd among goaltenders this season. Dubynk allowed three goals on 21 shots in Sundays loss to Anaheim. And (pound sing) ICYMI, Darcy Kuemper will start tomorrow in Winnipeg. Anton Khudobin started the past two games for Anaheim and did not fare too well on Thursday against Nashville allowing five goals. But he stopped 34-35 shots against this Wild team. So it wouldn't be incredibly surprising to see him start again. Follow along on twitter if its Khudobin or Frederik Andersen. Puck drop is at a strange time at 5pm tonight, check for the gamethread around 4:30. Go Wild.