#mnwild lines: Parise-Koivu-Vanek; Niederreiter-Granlund-Coyle; Zucker-Haula-Pominville; Porter-Stoll-Fontaine. Carter (hand) appears out— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 5, 2016
With two goals or less in four of their last six, Mike Yeo is searching for offense in any shape or form. Which means another new look for the Wild tonight. Jason Zucker switches spots with Thomas Vanek. Erik Haula is back in the lineup after being scratched and (red hot) Charlie Coyle will play wing with Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. Coyle has been a spark plug anywhere lately with eight points (4-4=8) in the last nine games. He needs one more goal to tie his career high (11) from the last season. Ryan Carter is dealing with a sore hand and Yeo said he could of gone tonight but elected to not risk anything so Justin Fontaine slides into a fourth line. Devan Dubnyk will go for the Wild tonight.
Parise: "last time we faced a young guy, we had 5 shots halfway thru the game. Whatever we did that game, do something different" #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 5, 2016
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a wicked injury-bug with their netminders and have recalled TWO goalies from AHL. Anton Forsberg who registered the win against a good Washington team (despite playing just four minutes...) gets the start tonight. Frosberg is 1-4 in his career with 4.62 GAA and a robust .871 save percentage. As Parise stated, the last time Minnesota faced a young netminder, the Wild's offense was deep in tip of Florida (pardon me) before figuring out their game in third period.
The Wild plays its third consecutive game against an Eastern Conference opponent and are 7-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, including a 3-2-0 record against the Metropolitan Division.
Thomas Vanek has just two goals since December 1st but has seven points (2-5=7) in the last 10 games.
Matt Dumba (
maybe a bargaining chip for some Johansen fella...) set a franchise record for most shots in a game by a Wild defenseman with nine on Saturday.
The Wild plays its final contest of a four-game road trip before heading home to face Dave Hakstol's
University of North Dakota Philadelphia Flyers.