|Last season, P.K. Subban beat out Wild blueliner Ryan Suter for the Norris Trophy, as the League’s top defenseman. Offensively Subban has picked up where he left off last season, scoring 11 points (2-9=11) in 13 games. He has a big shot and a bigger personality. Subban has been maligned in the media for his jubilant goal celebrations. He was the first defenseman to record a hat trick against Minnesota on March 20, 2011.||Tonight marks the first day of Movember, so the Wild will host a shave-off event at the top of the Xcel Energy Center Box Office at Gate 1. A cavalcade of media members will have their scruff shaved for the month by barbers from Heimie’s Haberdashery. Fans can register to join the Wild Mo Bros team. The first 250 fans to register will receive a Wild Mo Bros t-shirt, package of Jack Link’s beef jerky and a Livestrong mini hockey stick.
The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
|Pominville has scored three goals in the last two contests and has six goals in the last eight games overall. Granlund assisted on Pominville’s last three goals, and has an assist in four of the last five games (0-5=5) and leads the team with eight assists (T-2nd in scoring).
Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge presented by the Pioneer Press for a chance to win great prizes.
|Minnesota’s lines will look a lot different with Coyle’s return:
Ballard will be on the blue line for the first time in seven games:
Josh Harding gets the start. He is 0-1-1 with a 2.51 GAA and a .884 SV% in two games (one start) vs. Montreal.
|The guys are excited and anxious to try it out. It's obviously one thing to do it in practice and it's another thing to do it in the game. But so far it's been very positive.
-Yeo on the team's reaction to the line changes
|Mathew Dumba and Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Mike Rupp is still out with a lower-body injury and on IR.
|Habs Assistant Coach Gerard Gallant coached Charlie Coyle and Wild prospect Zack Phillips with the Saint Johns Sea Dogs in the QMJHL.||Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in nine games this season, and entering play Thursday, leads the NHL with 13 power-play goals and ranks fourth in power-play percentage (24.5%). Minnesota has scored two PPG in four games this season, already matching the number of games the feat was accomplished during 48 games last season.|
|Wild vs Canadiens will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North PLUS and FOX Sports Wisconsin 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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