Tonight the Minnesota Wild finish their Can-a-da road trip in Edmonton before heading back home. This is the 2nd meeting between the two clubs and the two will faceoff again next Tuesday in St. Paul. The last time out, the Wild skated to a 2-1 win. Edmonton is looking for their first win against the Wild at home since December, 2011. Kyle Brodziak will skate in his 600th game tonight. Brodziak started his career with Edmonton and is in the final year of his contract. His days are especially numbered too considering he may be moved at the trade-deadline.
No Jared Spurgeon tonight as he is day-day with what Dr. Russo believes is concussion-like symptoms. With Spurgeon out, Minnesota recalled Christian Folin and he'll be paired with (punching bag) Nate Prosser. Scandella is paired with (surging) Matt Dumba and Suter & Brodin are still the top pairing. Lines have been shuffled again for tonight's game too.
Niederreiter - Koivu - Pominville
Parise - Granlund - Fontaine
Vanek - Coyle - Schroeder
Veilleux - Haula - Brodziak
Justin Fontaine and Jordan Schroeder switching spots are the only change. Fontaine's play has been impressive lately as he lit the lamp for the 5th time last time out. Jordan Schroeder joins fellow former Gopher, Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle. Schroeder has been a +6 over his last seven games since being recalled from Iowa and his speed on the ice has been a sight to watch. Nino did not register a shot last time out, after previously scoring two goals against Vancouver. Again, it seems Nino Niederreiter pulls his best Harvey Dent when given a larger role. I don't think he played horrible with Koivu and Pommer, but he certainly could of been better and we'll see how long those three stick together.
Ben Scrivens starts for Edmonton between the pipes, as he is 0-2-0 with a 3.50 GAA and a .870 SV% in two starts against Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk returns to Edmonton with a 4-0-0 record against the Oilers this season, posting a 0.98 GAA and .966 SV% in four starts against his former club. The Wild’s 20 wins in Edmonton and 44 wins overall are the most against any franchise. Minnesota is 9-1-0 in the last 10 games played in Edmonton outscoring the Oilers 30-16. Puck drop is at 8pm central and the gamethread opens at 7:45. Go Wild!