Tonight the Minnesota Wild are back on home ice for a Central Division tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild have received points in six of its last seven games, (5-1-1). It has been 15 days since Minnesota has played on home ice and the Wild will be at home for five of their next six. Chicago has gotten the best of Minnesota winning the three previous matchups this season. We learned today that the Wild may be without Matt Cooke's services for the rest of the season. Dr. Russo is proclaiming Cooke is to undergo need season-ending surgery on a possible sports hernia injury.
With Cooke out, Jordan Schroeder has been recalled and he will skate Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter on the 3rd line. Schroeder last played against Chicago on January 7th and the former Gopher registered seven shots against the Hawks. Minnesota's top six seems to remain intact, (yes, Mike Yeo has not shuffled his top 6, buy your lottery tickets) with Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Carter on the 4th line. Christian Folin is also scratched for the 3rd straight game too.
Devan Dubnyk vs. Corey Crawford between the pipes. Dubnyk is set to play in his 200th NHL game Tuesday. He was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week Monday after going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .967 SV% and one shutout in three starts for the Wild last week. Crawford is 7-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV% in 13 games (12 starts) against Minnesota for his career. Hopefully the X-fatihul can use those CRAWWWWWFOOOOORRD chants to the Wilds advantage. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread and Go Wild.