After mounting one hell of a comeback the Minnesota Wild fell just short against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Darcy Kuemper started and was pulled after giving up four goals on eighteen shots. Devan Dubvnyk (who wasn't 100%) replaced Kuemper taking the loss instead. Dubnyk claims he's healthy and good to go for tonight and his injury should not keep him from being at his best. He gets another crack at his former team that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NHL draft. Since being traded by Edmonton, Dubnyk has had tremendous success against his former employer, going 5-1-0 stopping 145-of-151 shots faced for a 0.99 GAA and a .960 SV% in six career starts. In fact all of those starts came last season.
Cam Talbot will be in net for Edmonton and has been steady between the pipes this season. Which is pretty remarkable considering that his team in front of him is, well, Edmonton. The same team that has had the number one overall pick four times since 2010. Talbot came over from the Rangers in a trade last June. But Talbot isn't the story tonight, the reigning number one overall pick/baby Jesus, Connor McDavid is. After a slow start, McDavid has been red hot with eight points (4-4=8) in his last five games. Hell, all of Edmonton's first line has been hot with (former Wild) Benoit Pouliot and Nail Yakupov contributing too. All three are riding serious point streaks coming into tonight, combining for 19 points over their last five games.
Nate Prosser will dress tonight for Christian Folin, who is playing "too safe" right now. Minnesota's coaching staff wants Folin to take a step forward, plus he's dealing with a lower-body injury. Prosser has his fair share of nay-sayers (this guy included) but he's been an important part in the Wild's success over the last three years. When Nate Prosser is in the lineup, Minnesota is 67-37-16 over the last three years. His presence on the penalty kill is where Prosser really shines. So good that Minnesota is a perfect 8-8 on the penalty kill this year and are a brutal 67 percent rate when he doesn't dress. And after owning the leagues best penalty kill last season, Minnesota is trying to find the same success from a year.
The Wild have dominated the Oilers over the years as their 45 wins against them are the most among any opponent. Since 2007 Edmonton has just four wins in St. Paul in their last 24 trips. Check back at 6:30 for the gamethread and Go Wild!