The last time these two teams met this season, Kevin Fiala was adamant that if they were considered contenders, then the Wild should be as well. On the ice, they walked away from that game with a 3-2 win led by goals from Kaprizov, Fiala, and Gaudreau; and even managed to own a 3-0 lead at one point. It was a significant performance that put a stamp on the Wild’s intentions to be enough of a nuisance and get noticed.
Now with the trade deadline additions and acquiring goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury — who will be starting tonight — this will be another test to see if they can back up their words.
Tonight’s projected lineup:
Kaprizov - Hartman - Zuccarello
Jost - Gaudreau - Fiala
Greenway - Eriksson Ek - Foligno
Duhaime - Bjugstad - Deslauriers
Middleton - Spurgeon
Brodin - Dumba
Goligoski - Kulikov
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