The Minnesota Wild came back from going down 2-0 against the Dallas Stars early in the first period Monday night. They found their groove and scoring touch and were able to win 5-3. Tonight's game should be a fun atmosphere again at the Xcel Energy Center; Fans will be heard win or lose.
The Wild battled back hard on Monday night. They'll either be successful again tonight or fatigue/confidence will get the best of them. Monday was an awesome game for the Wild. They battled, played the way we know they can and were able to bounce back after a slow start. They will be coming into tonight's game with more confidence but will still have a tough game ahead of them. Winning isn't easy especially against a team like the Stars. Despite them being able to come back from behind Monday, I still believe scoring first is a tip for success. It's hard for any team to come from behind, props to them for doing it Monday. I don't know if they can continuously pull that off, though. Tying the series 2-2 would be HUGE going into Dallas.
The Stars flopped on Monday. There's little doubt in my mind they will be frustrated, motivated, and looking to take back their 2 game lead in the series. Jamie Benn had a "maintenance" day yesterday and did not practice. I doubt he'll miss any games unless he's really hurt, nonetheless it could make things interesting with Benn and Seguin out. This is not to say the Stars don't have offensive depth, that is obvious. With or without Benn, the Wild should expect the Stars to come back strong.
Jamie Benn now has 5 points (2-3=5) in the 3 game series.
Devan Dubnyk gave up 2 goals on 3 shots Monday night.
Nino/Haula/Pominville line had 3 goals and 4 assists Monday night
Nino Niederreiter- 2 points (0-2=2) Monday night
Patrick Sharp- 2 points (0-2=2) Monday night
Who's Not Hot:
Charlie Coyle- Despite chances Coyle hasn't been able to bury yet this series.
Mattias Janmark- 0 points in last 5 games