Despite the re-emergence of Darcy Kuemper, Devan Dubnyk will return to the net and attempt to shake off the rust at home against the New York Rangers. Dubnyk hasn't played since Dec. 5th, when he tweaked his groin. The Wild have been able to ease him back due Kuemper's solid play, but have decided it is time for his return. They face a Rangers team coming off a road win against the Oilers, who had been on a nice run. It will be a good test against the Rangers, who have defied #FancyStats by struggling with possession metrics but having success in the standings. The Wild should be riding high from their 6 G total and 3 PPG outburst against Vancouver, and trying to develop that outburst into a trend.
Michael Russo opines that Jarret Stoll makes his debut against the team that waived him, forcing someone out of the lineup. The fourth line had a fantastic game against Vancouver as the players asserted themselves to maintain their place in the lineup, so it will be interesting to see which player is headed to the press box, and also how that impacts Charlie Coyle. Chances are Yeo will juggle the healthy scratches on the bottom line over several games and see what clicks. The team has also now earned protection should any of the starting lineup be injured, as they will also have Tyler Graovac available for the first recall.
We're sticking with the EDM theme today, this one might make you a bit nostalgic.
Devan Dubnyk to start, Jarret Stoll likely to debut for Wild on Thursday - StarTribune.com
Wild, 5-0-3 in its past eight, takes on Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei and the New York Rangers on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild didn't pick up Jarret Stoll 'to sit around' - TwinCities.com
Someone new will be sharing popcorn with Backstrom in the press box.
Minnesota Wild: Ryan Suter's Case for the Norris Trophy
Maybe a little bit early, but he is having a great year.
Behind Enemy Lines
A New York Rangers SBN
Tending The Fields
Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 12/16/15 - Minor Leagues - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
There were games the Iowa Wild did not lose.
Off the Trail
Predators GM looking at forwards on the trade market - Sportsnet.ca
Ryan Johansen could make a lot of sense in Smashville.
Positional Power Rankings: Top 10 centres by the numbers - Sportsnet.ca
Are any of these guys available?
C’Mon Ref: There’s no such a thing as a minor check to the head - Article - TSN
There is more to this than meets the eye.
Habs' Kassian clears waivers, assigned to AHL - Article - TSN
No word on if he will report.
Evgeni Malkin talks Crosby, Ovechkin, Russia and more - Sportsnet.ca
In a one-on-one interview with GQ magazine's website, Evgeni Malkin touched on a variety of topics, including teammates, what most Russian players have in common, his friendship with Alex Ovechkin, politics and even his love life.
2016 NHL Winter Classic: The countdown begins - Sportsnet.ca
New Year's Day.
Top 10 social media moments of 2015 (Puck Daddy Year in Hockey) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: What are the top social media moments in hockey in 2015?