Tonight the Minnesota Wild turn their attentions to
(Sid and the kids) the Pittsburgh Penguins. The last two games for the Wild have gone to overtime with Minnesota collecting three points over those two games. Pittsburgh has lost three of their last four after a hot start to their season. The pens have also been stellar at home losing just two games at the CONSOL Energy Center. Last year the Penguins swept the Wild for the first time in the history of the series and Pittsburgh has won four of the last five meetings against Minnesota.
Erik Haula is under the weather and will not dress tonight. Which means for the third time in five games, Minnesota has a player making his NHL debut. Michael Keranen will dress and skate on the third line with Charlie Coyle and Jordan Schroeder. Same two lines up top for Minnesota with Chris Porter, Ryan Carter and Brett Bulmer rounding things off. No Christian Folin tonight, instead Nate Prosser will skate with Marco Scandella. We learned today that Scandella was away from the team to say goodbye to his ailing father. The game tying goal he scored against Dallas was for his Dad and he plans to stay with the Wild he his father passes as it was his dad's request that he stay with the team and focus on hockey. As someone who has lost their dad and from everyone here at HW and the hockey community keep Scandella and his family in your prayers. (excuse me as while I cry my eyes out).
Despite the (terrifying) additon of Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh is having a tough time scoring goals this season, ranking 27 out of 30 teams in goals per game. But Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar between the pipes this season. Fleury has also played very well against Western Conference teams and over the last two seasons in his last 27 games he has gone 15-8-4 with a 1.91 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and six shutouts. But Fleury has won just one start against the Wild in his career with a 3.43 GAA and a .872 SV% in six starts against Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk (obviously) goes for the Wild tonight. Tonights game is (Lapanta free!!!) on NBCSN with puck drop at 6:30 central time. Go Wild!