After dropping three-in-a-row with playoff implications on the line, the Wild can still clinch a spot tonight if they win against the Blackhawks. If the Wild lose, there is still a possibility they can clinch with some help from around the league. Nino Niederreiter took a nasty collision with Thomas Vanek last night and he was questionable after the loss last night. Dr. Russo told us that Nino practiced today and will dress tonight against Chicago. Matt Cooke could dress tonight for the first time since February 1. Jason Zucker has recovered from his collarbone injury in a freakish matter and he MAY play tonight. I doubt Zucker and Cooke both play tonight but we'll keep you updated on the Yeolo line changes. Dont sleep on Jordan Leopold dressing tonight too.
Chicago is 3-1-0 against Minnesota this season, including a 4-1 win on Jan. 11 in their last meeting at the United Center. That was an UGLY game for Minnesota as at the time, it seemed like an all time low.The Wild are looking for a franchise-record of 11 straight road wins. Minnesota is 34-6-4 when scoring first this season, they have failed to score first in their three game losing streak. Minnesota leads the NHL with 30 third-period goals since Feb. 22 (21 games). The Wild also lead the NHL in that span with just eight third-period goals against and a plus-22 third-period goal differential.
Devan Dubnyk vs. Corey Crawford tonight. Crawwwwwwwwford is is 7-4-2 with a 2.29 GAA and a .920 SV% in 14 games (13 starts) against Minnesota. Dubnyk is 3-6-0 with a 3.81 GAA, a .895 SV% and one shutout in 11 games (10 starts). Minnesota is 7-6-1 in its last 14 games against Chicago with seven of the contests being decided by one goal and four going to a shootout. Check back at 7:15 for the gaemthread and offical lineups. Tonight game is on NBCSN.