On the heels of a back-back, the Wild look to make it 10 in-a-row against the New York Islanders tongiht in Long Island. Minnesota "squeaked" one out against lowly Toronto last night and now their attention to a talented (and extremely Minnesotan) Islander group. New York is led by the talented John Tavares, ever heard of him? Don't forget about Minnesota natives Nick Leddy, Kyle Okposo, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee who are setting the Islanders for years to come. They current are 44-25-4 and own 93 points this year, 2nd in the Metropolitan division.
Ryan Carter is not ready to return yet, BUT Kyle Brodziak is out tonight after suffering an upper-body injury. So Jordan Schroeder (remember him?) will dress tonight and skate on the 4th line. Mike Yeo doesnt expect Brodziak to be out long, in fact he banks on him being ready by Friday which is the next time the Wild play. Devan Dubnyk starts tonight. Mr. Russo told us that its safe to assume he's gonna start until Minnesota wraps up a playoff spot. Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom will be lucky to touch the ice again. And even if they do, it will be in a pretty "meaningless" game.
Minnesota is 6-5-0 on the first night of consecutive games this season and is 4-2-4 on the second night of play. The Wild's third line (26-3-14) continues to impress. Charlie Coyle scored last night, setting a new career-high in points. Thomas Vanek added to his point streak with a goal and an assist last night.
Should we still buy him out? His current eight-game point streak is the longest on the Wild this season and the longest current streak in the NHL. A win tonight would set franchise records for road wins (21) and points (44) in a season. Minnesota leads the NHL with a 13-1-2 road record and 28 road points since Jan. 15.