Tonight the Minnesota Wild head to the nations capital to square off with the Washington Capitals. Minnesota won in a shootout against Ottawa last time out and Yeo shuffled the lines by the end of regulation.
Like we thought The Vanek-Koivu-Stewart line did not hold up like we thought. Instead Vanek and Bergenheim will switch places. Vanek with Coyle and Nino and Bergenheim with Koivu and Stewart. Chris Stewart had an assist and used his size well in his Wild debut. It will be the same lineup up and down for Minnesota again tonight. Jared Spurgeon will not dress but may play tomorrow at Carolina pending tonight's outcome. Devan Dubnyk will start tonight making his 22nd consecutive start. That streak may come to an end tomorrow night in Carolina.
Minnesota has played seven games in Washington owning a 1-5-1 record, as a opposed to their perfect record at Xcel Energy Center, 7-0-0. The Wild could dodge a bullet tonight as Alexander Ovechkin is questionable with a lower-body injury. He'll be a gametime decision. Braden Holtby starts for the Capitals tonight and he is 2-1-0 with a 2.29 GAA, .905 SV% and one shutout in three starts against Minnesota. A win tonight would give Minnesota sole possession of the 1st wild card spot. On January 28th, the Wild were 14 points back of Winnipeg, now they are just a point behind the Jets. The Wild are 14-2-1 since the All-Star break.
Minnesota is 12-10-2 against the East this season and holds a 3-7-0 record against the Metropolitan Division. Minnesota begins its ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season and first of four sets of consecutive games in March. The Wild is 4-4-0 on the first night of play and 2-2-4 on the second night of back-to-back games this season. Puck drop is at 6pm tonight with gamethread opening at 5:45. Go Wild!