Tonight the Minnesota Wild put their finishing touches on 2015 against the St. Louis Blues. After acquring Devan Dubnyk in January of 2015, Minnesota was nearly unbeatable on the road. It was a trend that would hopefully carry into the this season. However in their last fifteen road games, Minnesota has just five wins. And the games are going to be coming at the Wild like wildfire as Minnesota will play eight games over the next thirteen days. Currently Minnesota has played just 35 games which is tied for fewest games played in the NHL.
The Wild will be without Zach Parise for at least tonight and maybe more. Darcy Kuemper suffered a concussion and he will miss a significant amount of time too. So get ready for Niklas Backstrom to be backing up Devan Dubnyk for a good chunk of 2016. Backstrom has not started a game since January of 2015. With Parise out, Minnesota will trot out some different lines tonight.
Zucker - Koivu - Coyle
Vanek - Granlund - Pominville
Nino - Haula - Fontaine
Carter - Stoll - Porter
Devan Dubnyk will start tonight for the Wild and has not played well against St. Louis in his career owning a 3-8-1 record with a 3.79 GAA and a .874 SV% in 12 career starts. Mikko Koivu has been red hot lately with 11 points (6-5=11) in the his last eight games and leads Minnesota with 31 points (10-21=31) this season. Charlie Coyle has also found some confidence lately and its showing, having five points (3-2=5) in his last six games. St, Louis owns an all time record 16-6-6 at the Scott Trade Center against Minnesota. Puck drop is at 7pm. Go Wild.