After another crippling overtime loss to Arizona last night, the Wild turn their attention to the San Jose Sharks tonight. Back to back games have not been particularly friendly to the Wild this season as they are 0-1-3 in such games this year. Not to mention the SAP Center has been a house of horrors for the Wild. Minnesota is 1-9-1 in its last 11 contests in San Jose.
Mike Yeo made some changes to the Koivu line throughout the game last night pairing (the igniter) Thomas Vanek with Koivu. Jason Pominville registered an assist Friday and has five points (3-2=5) in the last six games. He alos replaced Mikael Granlund on the top power play unit. Lines could shuffle so stay tuned for the gamethread later tonight.
Darcy Kuemper started last night for the Wild, suffering his fourth overtime loss (1-0-4) this season. We havent heard if its Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom tonight. If Backstrom goes it will be his first start since January 13. Kuemper is 1-1-2 with a 2.95 GAA and a .890 SV% in five games (four starts) agianst San Jose. Backstrom is 6-13-3 with a 3.07 GAA, a .907 SV% and two shutouts in 22 career starts.
Martin Jones starts for the Sharks tonight and not Minnesota native Alex Stalock. Jones is 1-0-0 witha 0.60 GAA, a .974 SV% and one shutout in two games (one start). Old friend, Brent Burns ranks second among NHL defensemen with 10 goals and third with 23 points for the Sharks this year. Puck drop is at 9:30 central time, with the gamethread opening at 9pm (yawns). Go Wild!