Tonight the Wild host the Carolina Hurricanes and are trying to accomplish something they have done just once before. Minnesota is 7-0-2 in its last nine and have accomplished a ten-game point streak back in 2007. The Wild have not lost in regulation since January 19th. Carolina is in the basement of the metropolitan division but has played better hockey lately earning a point in twelve of its 16. The Canes (much like the Wild) have been amazing on the penalty killing this season ranking second in the NHL and have killed 46 of its 48 penalties. Minnesota owns the best penalty kill on home-ice this season. So tonight will most likely come down to 5-5 and hopefully, not as boring as the Florida game on Thursday.
Devan () Dubnyk starts for the 13th consecutive game and will be opposed by a familiar face as former Wild draft-pick Anton Khudobin starts for Carolina. Khudobin appeared in just 6 games for the Wild but has been put up respectable numbers since leaving Minnesota. Charlie Coyle sounds like he'll be okay to play tonight after taking a hit to his upper-body on Thursday. The Wild have been completely deflated by injuries lately with regulars: Matt Cooke, Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter all on the IR. It does not sound like there will be any lineup changes but shuffling is obviously a possibility with Yeolo. We do know Matt Dumba and Nate Prosser will skate together again tonight.
The Wild leads the NHL with a plus-10 first-period goal differential in its last 12 games. Minnesota has won every game in which its scored first during their nine-game stretch. Nino Niederreiter is set to play his 200th NHL game Saturday. El Nino leads the Wild with 97 hits and has already set a career high with 16 goals. With Zucker (18 goals) out, Nino looks to be freed and the HW staff cant wait to rub it everyones face... check back at 6:45 for the gamethread and Go Wild!