After a successful homestand, the Minnesota Wild will be away from Xcel Energy Center for the next nine days. The Wild have won just two (out of six) games on the road this season. Minnesota has made some roster moves for tonight's game recalling Christoph Bertschy and Gustav Olofsson from Iowa. Bertschy made his NHL debut last weekend and head coach Mike Yeo liked how he played as the game went on. Olofsson will not dress tonight. Yeo switched up the lines for tonight as Bertschy will be on the fourth line with Erik Haula and Chris Porter. Here are the projected lines
Zucker - Koivu - Nino
Vanek- Granlund - Pominville
Carter - Coyle - Schroeder
Porter - Haula - Bertschy
(I told you so) Vanek played his best game on Tuesday and was moved with Granlund and Pominville in the second period. Kind of funny that Vanek was called a whiner when he told Russo in a preseason interview that he would of preferred to play with Granlund and then goes out and has his best game ever. Funny how that works... There is also a need to get Jason Pominville going ( not to sure if you were aware of that) as he is still goal-less this season. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that we feel bad for Jason Pominville while Thomas Vanek was made out to be a villain at this point in the season last year? Hopefully Vanek's presence can help Pominville (and Granlund) find there games. Charlie Coyle slides back into the third line with Jordan Schroeder and Ryan Carter moves up from the fourth line. Schroeder speed will be on display and the hope is he can find some offense as he has no points in five games this season.
Devan Dubnyk vs. Cam Ward tonight. Doobs is 3-1-0 with a 3.29 GAA and a .900 SV% in five games (four starts) against Carolina. Cam Ward has never lost in regulation against the Wild going 3-0-1 with a 2.76 GAA and a .915 SV% in six starts. Last season, the Wild went 17-12-3 against the East, including a 7-9-0 record against the Metropolitan Division. Puck drop is at 6pm tonight with a gamthread opening at 5:30. Go Wild!