Tonight the Wild are in the Xcel for the last time in 2015 (in the regular season, winky face). A win tonight gives the Wild a playoff spot in the West no matter what the Kings, Flames, Whalers, Thrashers or whoever is behind the Wild in the West. Captain Mikko Koivu is back in the lineup tonight after aggravating an injury before the game. Ryan Carter is back in for Jordan Schroeder. Erik Haula will remain on the 4th line with Kyle Brodziak. Matt Cooke should play tomorrow against Chicago after missing the last few months. Jason Zucker may also see game action by Thursday before seasons end.
Devan Dubnyk will start obviously. Doobie dropped back-back to games for the first time since the Wild acquired him in late January. In his career against Winnipeg, he is 2-1-1 with a 3.23 GAA and a .896 SV% in four starts. Ondrej Pavelec starts for the Jets between the pipes. Pavelec is 2-2-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .920 SV% in seven starts against Minnesota.
Minnesota owns an all time record of 12-4-5 against the Jets and are 6-1-3 at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have earned points in nine of its last ten games against the Jets (6-1-3). Koivu is just one point away from scoring 500 career point in his career. Thomas Vanek is 2 goals away from 300 career goals, same milestone is approaching for Ryan Suter but for assists.