#mnwild lines: Vanek-Koivu-Zucker; Parise-Granlund-Pominville; Niederreiter-Coyle-Fontaine; Porter-Stoll-Haula— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 19, 2016
Despite the Wild being shutout in consecutive games, Mike Yeo will stick with the same lines for tonight which is pretty amazing considering how quickly he is to flip things around. As someone who usually is usually confused by the constant flipping, it really shouldn't surprise anyone. Putting Justin Fontaine on the fourth line or moving up Nino Niederreiter with Mikko Koivu isn't going to change anything. This team is snake-bitten, there's not getting around it. Other then Ryan Carter being out until the All Star break, everyone is healthy so excuses are not really acceptable. The hope is someone can start a snowball effect that will break Minnesota out of this awful drought. Devan Dubnyk will go for the Wild tonight.
Completely revamped #mnwild PP units: Parise-Granlund-Coyle-Pominville-Spurgeon Vanek-Koivu-Nino-Dumba-Suter— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 19, 2016
Minnesota has just one power play goal in their last 29 opportunities and the coaches are trying anything to get it going. Minnesota Wild fanatics have wanted two things in life; a Stanley Cup Championship and a lethal power play. Sometimes it seems they want the latter more than the other and its quite baffling. So the coaching staff is pulling out all the stops to get it going. Jason Pominville has not recorded a single point since December 22 yet is still getting big time power play minutes. Thomas Vanek has yet to register a shot in the last two games and is still on the second unit. We'll see if something changes tonight.
Tonight the Ducks conclude a season-high eight-game homestand tonight at Honda Cente. Anaheim is slowly crawling their way out of the basement of Pacific division having gone 7-3-1 since the Christmas break. Over that time the Ducks are leading the NHL in goals against per game (1.73), ranking second in PK% (92.3%) and third in PP% (31.0%). Despite a slow start and the Kings having a strangle hold on the division but the Ducks could still find themselves in the playoff hunt in an overall weak division. John Gibson will start for the Ducks who has quietly been one the best goaltenders in the league this season. Anaheim's top line of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are back to being a thorn to anyones side. Getzlaf is riding a season-high five-game point streak and Perry has 17 goals in his last 33 games.
Corey Perry (17-16=33) and C Ryan Getzlaf (8- 25=33) each have 33 points in 37 contests.
Dubnyk is 4-5-1 with a 2.26 GAA, a .919 SV% and one shutout in 11 games (10 starts).
Minnesota is 2-9-1 in its past 12 games against the Ducks.
The Wild have earned points in seven of nine games against the Pacific Division posting a 5-2-2 record.