Tonight the Minnesota Wild return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Minnesota got a big win against Chicago on Tuesday night and hopefully the Wild can carry that momentum into Canada tonight. Ryan Suter scored the game winner and Mikael Granlund assited on both goals in the 2-1 win over Chicago. Little ironic considering Suter was the talk of the town leading up to the win. While Granlund has been scrutinized all season long but he does have ten points in his last ten games.The Wild have won three straight games against Toronto and have only hosted Toronto just six times in St. Paul. Toronto’s six games played at the Xcel are the fewest by any NHL team. Minnesota is also looking to snap a three game losing streak on home ice.
In case you missed it, the Wild recalled Mike Reilly from Iowa. He most likely will not dress tonight or be here long term but its still exciting. Reilly put up monster numbers with Gophers in his three years and can quaterback a power play like none other. It may be a long, long time before Reilly is getting top power play minutes with the Wild but its his defensive game that needs work. Just like any defenseman bursting onto the pros, the transition takes time. Reilly is -23 in Iowa, granted its a reallllyyyyyy bad Iowa team but scouts see room for improvement.
Devan Dubnyk and his wife are expecting a new family member any minute, but as of this morning, Dubnyk looks to be the starter. Doobie continues to heat up and played on his best games against Chicago on Tuesday night. In four games (three starts) Dubnyk is 1-1-1 with a 3.90 GAA and a .883 SV% against the Maple Leafs. Toronto is riding the heels of a back-back and are 0-4-2 when playing on back-to-back nights this season. Puck drop is at 7pm tonight, with the gamethread opening at 6:30.