Tonight the Minnesota Wild are back in St. Paul for a date with the Vancouver Canucks. Minnesota collected at least one point in their three game road trip. Earlier this morning Minnesota claimed Jarret Stoll from the New York Rangers. GM Chuck Fletcher said Stoll should be here by tomorrow, with his Minnesota Wild debut set for Thursday. With the arrival of Stoll, Charlie Coyle will move to RW probably for the rest of the way. Stoll gives the Wild veteran presence, (with two cup rings) a right handed shot and the coaching staff some added depth. But, what that means for Erik Haula, Chris Porter, Ryan Carter and even Justin Fontaine, time will have to tell.
Minnesota has a season-best (4-0-3) seven-game point streak. Minnesota is 6-3-0 in its last nine games against Vancouver including three wins in the last five games in Saint Paul. Darcy Kuemper will start again for the Wild tonight. Kuemper posted his sixth shutout of his career and first this season on Saturday. He has stopped 71-of-75 shots over four games in December, including 68-of-70 (.971) in regulation. Kuemper is 1-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .918 SV% in three career starts against Vancouver.
Minnesota moved Thomas Vanek with Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter slid down a line. Nino hasn't scored a goal in over a month and Vanek has zero points in his last six. The Canucks got the best of the Wild in the first meeting this season and Minnesota will be looking to even the series. Puck drop is at 7pm tonight in St. Paul. Go Wild!