After two rough games in the United Center where the Wild still remain winless in post season play, the series returns to the Xcel in front of the home faithful. The lineup will be shaken up tonight, as Chris Stewart will miss game three with an upper-body injury after crashing into the boards when Johnny Oduya made a "veteran play" clearing the puck on a breakaway. With Stewart out, Jordan Schroeder will take his place. The lines at practice were the same today but Yeo indicated to Russo that they could change by puck drop. It wouldnt be too suprising if Ryan Carter dresses tonight too but time will tell.
The main issues this series has been 5-5 chances for the Wild and the terrible timing of turnovers. Chicago just seems to cash in on every miscue by Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk can only do so much when superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are in open ice. Ryan Suter (uff-da) has had a series to forget thus far, literally assisting on a few Chicago goals. People are starting to wonder if it is indeed time to LIMIT Ryan Suter's ice time. His plus/minus has been god awful this series. Even though that stat can be deceiving, Suter has to clean up his play or Yeo needs to chop his usage down there's no getting around it (somewhere Clayton Stoner chuckles).
But being down 2-0 is nothing new for the Wild, in fact it seems the Wild have historically played better with their backs against the wall. Not to mention game three has been very friendly to the Wild as they have won five straight dating back to the 2008 series against Colorado. Despite Corey Crawford picking up both wins this series, the team of 19,000 will certainly be screaming craawwwwfffooooorrrrrdd all night long. Especially if the Wild score first, which is something they have not done this series. The gamethread will open at 6:45 and Go Wild!