After blowing another lead to the Dallas Stars last night, now the Wild turn their attention to the Montreal Canadiens. It is second time season that Minnesota has home ice for a back-to-back. Minnesota has yet to win on the heels of a back-to-back posting a 0-1-4 record on the second night of play. Erik Haula is back in the lineup for the Wild after being a healthy scratch for the past three games. Haula will play on the left wing (but could see time at center too) taking the place of Chris Porter who has been dealing with a lower-body injury. Haula's game started to find a grove before Minnesota acquired Jaret Stoll, but Mike Yeo knows there's even more that Haula can bring to the table.
Montreal is also playing on the heels of a back-to-back and have fallen on tough times lately, losing eight of their nine. Despite the skid, they still have the second seed in the east but a logjam of teams are breathing down their necks. With Carey Price shelved, Mike Condon should start for the Canadiens tonight. Minnesota is 5-2-0 against the Eastern Conference this season and 6-6-3 all-time against Montreal and has posted a 4-2-1 mark in St. Paul The Canadiens are 4-1-1 in second game of back-to-back.
Darcy Kuemper will start for the Wild tonight. Kuemper has posted a 3-0-2 record, a 1.32 GAA, .943 SV% and one shutout in five games (four starts) in December. Tonight's game is (Lapanta free!!!) on NBCSN with puck drop at 7pm. Go Wild!