|Last night’s victory over Dallas ended a four-game losing streak for Columbus. Typically, teams fly out after a game on the first night of a back-to-back, however, due to weather, the Blue Jackets were unable to depart after last night’s win and arrived in the State of Hockey midmorning today.
The Blue Jackets traded its longtime captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in July in exchange for forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick in 2013. One of three ‘alternate captains’ Derek Dorsett leads the Jackets with four points (1-3=4).
|The Minnesota Wild celebrates its 500th game (combined preseason, regular season and playoff) at Xcel Energy Center tonight. The arena has hosted concerts, rodeos, national sporting events and conventions, but its primary function has been Wild hockey and is still a beautiful barn.
To celebrate, all fans in attendance will receive a Minnesota Wild schedule poster presented by the Star Tribune.
|Parise has started his Wild career with a five-game point streak (5-4=9), including five points (4-1=5) in his last two games, marking only the second time in his career he’s had back-to-back, two-goal games (2/9-2/11/09). It’s the first time in Parise’s career that he has started a season with five goals in five games, and he becomes the first Wild player to start his time with the team with five goals in five games.
Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.
|The forward lines will look the same as Sunday:
Parise – Koivu – Heatley
Bouchard – Granlund – Setoguchi
Cullen – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Powe
Jonas Brodin will join Suter on the top defensive pair:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella
Niklas Backstrom will get his second-straight start in net. Last season, he played in all four games against Columbus going 2-2-0 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
|If we're playing the right way, part of our identity is we're frustrating and difficult team to play against. There's a couple things with that. One, let's make sure if you're not scoring that you don't get scored on. Two, you look at that top line and look at how they're scoring. They're playing the right way. They're executing the right way, they have the right mindset, and so let's learn from that.
- Yeo on the top line and being difficult to play against
|Forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Jared Spurgeon is still day-to-day with a lower body injury.
|Columbus Head Coach Todd Richards served as the Wild’s head coach from 2009-11. LW Colton Gillies skated in 89 games over three seasons with the Wild (2008- 12).||The Wild is 15-5-2 against the Blue Jackets in Saint Paul all-time, but has gone 1-2-1 against Columbus in the last four meetings at Xcel Energy Center.|
|Wild vs. Blue Jackets will be broadcast locally in high definition on Fox Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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