Mike Reilly looks to be making NHL debut. Paired with Jonas Brodin #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 9, 2016
Mike Reilly Debut
It looks like Mike Reilly will make his NHL debut tonight for the Minnesota Wild and will skate on the left side with Jonas Brodin. Reilly was one of the most "sought after college hockey free agents" this summer. He played three years at the University of Minnesota and became the first blue liner to lead the Gophers in points in nearly twenty years. Similar to Matt Dumba, Reilly has a hell of a shot and has a great hockey IQ. Sure his defensive game needs some work and yes he has the worst +/- in the AHL this year but that's a pretty deceiving stat considering, well, the Iowa Wild are one of the
worst teams in the AHL. He anchored the power play at the U of M and its doubtful he'll get power play minutes tonight but he could be a focal point on if he ever sticks with the Wild.
#mnwild lines: Parise-Koivu-Zucker; Niederreiter-Granlund-Pominville; Vanek-Coyle-Fontaine; Carter-Stoll-Haula. No Porter it appears— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 9, 2016
The top six stay intact tonight but Chris Porter is scratched and Justin Fontaine will dress for just the third time in six games. The Parise-Koviu-Zucker line has been creating a lot of offense in the last few games and its been a fun one to watch. Thomas Vanek has been quiet over the last ten games with just two points (1-1=2) in that span. After coming in red hot into the New Year, Charlie Coyle has been pointless in his last three games. With Justin Fontaine being in and out of the lineup lately we'll if see that line is motivated to light the lamp. Minnesota lone representative in the all star game Devan Dubnyk starts tonight and Darcy Kuemper will back him up. Kuemper could very well start tomorrow against New Jersey.
Dallas is 3-0-0 against the Wild this year. Minnesota has blown two and three goal leads respectively in two of the three meetings this year. Despite still leading the Western Conference in points, the Stars have had a tough time in 2016. They began the new year on a three game losing streak and have yet to win regulation.
Antti Niemi first goaltender off the ice for the Stars, so it appears he will start tonight vs. Wild.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 9, 2016
The Stars have used a goalie tandem all season and it'll be Antti Niemi in goal for the Stars tonight. Niemi owns a 10-3-2 record with a 1.92 GAA and a .928 SV% in 15 career appearances against the Wild. He has earned a point in each of his last five games (4-0-1) against Minnesota and is 6-1-1 in his last seven against them.
The Wild has earned points in five of its last six games (3-1-2) and 14-of-18 games (10-4-4) since the beginning of December.
The Wild faces a Western Conference opponent after playing four straight games against the East. No team has played more intra-division games than the Wild this season.
Minnesota has not allowed a power-play goal in four straight games, stopping all nine of its opponents’ power-play opportunities in that span.
Zach Parise owns 17 points (8-9=17) in his last 19 games