The Ottawa Senators will be visiting the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center for game 2 of 2 against each other this season. The game will be on TV on FS-N and FS-WI; you can also stream it on NHL.TV (Local blackouts though), and listen to it on KFAN 100.3.
In the first match up between the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild, the Wild traveled to Ottawa to play the Sens at Canadian Tire Centre. The Wild scored early to take the 1-0 lead on Nino Niederreiter's goal. Then at the 13:38 of the second period Ottawa tied the game at one with Mike Hoffman's goal. At 05:14 of the third period the Wild took back the lead 2-1 with Ryan Carter's goal. Then at 19:52 Ottawa tied it up again at two apiece with MIkaZibanejad's goal. Finally, Ottawa won in OT with Erik Karlsson's goal.
Match up Preview:
The Wild are looking to complete a two-game home stand and a season-long winning streak tonight when it hosts the Senators at the X. The Wild have won six consecutive games entering tonight and have a five-point lead on the Colorado Avalanche for the second and final wild card spot. They will also be looking for "revenge" after blowing two leads and losing in OT in their first game of the season against the Sens.
The Ottawa Senators on the other hand are on a lowly one game winning streak after beating the Winnipeg Jets. Their past five games have gone as follows:
Won against the Montreal Canadiens 5-0
Lost against the Washington Capitals 4-2
Lost to the New York Islanders 3-1
Lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 (OT)
Won against the Winnipeg Jets 2-1
The Senators however most likely will not make the playoffs and are a beatable team if the Wild come out strong.
In order to win tonight the Wild have to continue their scoring depth and have multiple lines produce rather than just one. They also have to keep the puck out of their zone to help out Devan Dubnyk and make keeping a lead easier. Finally, the Wild need to score first. They are hot and play better when they have a lead- aside from the first game against Ottawa of course.
Jarret Stoll scored his fourth goal of the season at the 2:37 mark of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.
The Erik Haula, Nino Niederreiter, Jason Pominville line were able to shut down the Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Teuvo Teravainen line to no points and a -3 rating.
Erik Haula - Haula leads the Wild with a +23 rating (T-8th in the NHL among forwards, t-13th in the NHL), On a career high 9 game point streak (4-6=10), Longest active streak in NHL 20 points in last 22 games, leads the Wild in scoring since 2/15, career-best in goals, assists, points, hits and blocked shots.
Nino Niederreiter - 10 points in last 9 games, 19 points in last 22 games (since 2/15). 2nd on Wild in scoring and 7th in NHL in goals since 2/15. The list goes on for both of them but I think you get the point.
Who's not Hot?
Jason Zucker - In his last 5 games he has 1 point, 23 points this season and has been healthy scratched multiple times.
Justin Fontaine - In his last 5 games he has 2 points, 16 points this season in 56 GP. Both have been in the dog house rightfully so if put emotions aside. I like both of them but they have been disappointing especially Zucker who was on pace for 30 goals last season before being injured.
That's all for the game preview, game thread will be published 30 minutes before puck drop. Go Wild!