#mnwild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle; Zucker-Granlund-Vanek; Niederreiter-Haula-Pominville; Carter-Stoll-Fontaine. No Porter— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 15, 2016
#mnwild D: Suter-Spurgeon; Scandella-Dumba; Reilly-Folin. Looks like no Prosser— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 15, 2016
Well, a new era in Minnesota hockey begins tonight as John Torchetti makes his Wild debut. Torchetti told local media that he promises accountability. It's much more than just a 28 game debut, either Torchetti brings a new "accountability" and Minnesota makes the playoffs or the Wild never recover from its tailspin and the reset button is indeed pushed. It was reported that Thomas Vanek hadn't even spoken to Yeo since being scratched against St. Louis a week ago. It's safe to say that Vanek and Yeo never saw eye-to-eye. Well Vanek has a new
friend coach and a couple new linemates for tonight's game. He is also riding a three game point streak (1-3=4). Torch didn't even bother splitting up the Mikko Koivu line and rightfully so. Jared Spurgeon is also back in the lineup tonight after missing three games. But I'm excited to see how Mike Reilly and Christian Folin work together. Couple of college hockey dudes that could play very well with each other.
The Vancouver Canucks are under .500 but still alive in the wide open Pacific Division. This is the third and final meeting between the two teams. Vancouver is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games played against Minnesota. Daniel and Henrik Sedin are leading the way once again as both are first and second in team points. Henrik ranks first all-time against the Wild in assists, first in games played and second in points. Daniel Sedin ranks second in assists, third in games played and points against Minnesota.
Minnesota has out-shot its opponent in four straight games and six of the last seven contests.
The Wild ranks third in the NHL with a 51.7% faceoff win percentage this season.
The Canucks have had seven different players make their NHL debut this season.
Ryan Miller has posted a 1.80 GAA over his last five starts.