Tonight the Minnesota Wild host division rival
(#WhyNotUs) Colorado tonight at the X looking to build on their winning streak. After winning just two game in a eight game stretch, Minnesota can make it three wins in a row tonight. Since the beginning of last season, the Wild are 5-1-0 against Colorado (all decided in regulation) – outscoring the Avalanche 19-8. The last time these two met (which was on opening night) Minnesota overcame a three goal deficit in the third period to rally for a win.
Since Mike Yeo changed up his defensive pairings, the Wild have won both games. Earlier today we heard that the pairings will be changed up again, at least to start? Ryan Suter will start with Jared Spurgeon and Marco Scandella will be with Brodin. Since Matt Dumba was moved down, he has found some consistency and has received praise from the coaching staff. A big reason the Wild will change things up again is because they want to limit Suter's ice time. Suter is leading the league in ice time again this season, and Yeo told the media in preseason that they want to scale back his minutes so he wouldn't be burned out by seasons end/playoffs.
Devan Dubnyk will start tonight, unless baby Dubnyk is indeed on the way, so don't be surprised if Darcy Kuemper gets a late call as the starter. Semyon Varlamov should start tonight who is 8-9-1 with a 2.45 GAA, a .923 SV% and one shutout in 18 games (17 starts) against Minnesota in his career. Puck drop is at 7pm with the gamethread opening at 6:30. Go Wild.