After dropping their first game to Colorado
since the stone ages since the playoffs, Minnesota will host the New Jersey Devils and will try avoid consecutive losses for the first times since January 20th. The Wild looked tired and drained during Sundays loss and didn't score a goal until the closing minutes of the third period. So tonight, Yeolo will shake things up in hopes of more scoring chances. Its technically the same lineup from Sunday, just with some moving pieces. Nino Niederreiter (who is dealing with a groin injury) will skate with Mikko Koivu and Chris Stewart. Koivu has zero points in seven games and hasn't gelled with anyone since Chuck Fletcher made moves. Sean Bergenheim will skate with Haula and Brodziak as he still tries to "find his game" since he was acquired from Minnesota. Justin Fontaine (the secret weapon) will move up to third line with Coyle and Vanek.
Devan Dubnyk is in net for the 25th straight time and has made 26 straight starts dating back to Arizona. Only Jonas Hiller (32 straight) has started more consecutive games in that stretch. Do not forget this is also his 200th career game too. He will be opposed by Cory Schneider who continues to shine ever since he left Roberto Luongo's shadow. I still feel his game is still under-appreciated, but I'm happy for him, even if he's a former Canuck. Believe it or not, Schneider has the best the GAA & SV% among all goalies since 2010-2011... How NUTS is that!!! Schneider is 8-5-0 with a 2.17 GAA and a .916 SV% in 14 games (13 starts) against the Wild in his career.
The Devils have 15 points in their last ten games overall. Minnesota has won its last two home games against New Jersey and is 3-1-1 in its last five games overall against the Devils. Zach Parise gets another shot at his former team as he missed the last game earlier this season with a concussion. Matt Dumba continues to impress too, he has not earned a negative plus/minus rating in any of his last 11 games, leading the NHL with a plus-13 rating in that span, including a plus-9 rating in his last five games. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread. Go Wild!