|Following a fast start Toronto has stumbled, dropping five of its past nine. Perhaps it's been tough for the Maple Leafs to find a rhythm of late: Wednesday's game will be only their fourth in 13 days this month. They're averaging just a goal per game over the first three.||Tonight, the Wild hosts the 7th Annual Second Harvest Heartland Food and Fund Drive, Presented by Toyota. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to the game. Second Harvest volunteers will be collecting donations at Gates 1-4 from gate open to the middle of the first period.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Pominville tallied his 200th career goal Saturday at Carolina. He ranks tied for third in the NHL with three GWG and T-4th with 10 goals this season. He also leads the Wild with a plus-8 rating (plus-10 since Oct. 22).
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.
|The Wild has found some consistency up front:
With Stoner back in, Dumba will come out:
G Niklas Backstrom is 2-2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .915 SV% in four starts vs. Toronto.
|We’ve been earning that confidence as we’ve been going along…It’s been built through the season with the game that we’re playing, the chances we’re creating and the things we’ve been doing on both sides of the puck.
- Yeo on the team’s confidence level of late
|Matt Dumba will be the lone healthy scratch.
Defenseman Keith Ballard is on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury.
|Phil Kessel played one season for the University of Minnesota (2005-06). Jake Gardiner is from Minnetonka.||Tonight’s game will be the Wild’s 500th NHL game at Xcel Energy Center (regular season and playoffs). The team is 262-163-74 all-time at Xcel Energy Center.|
|Wild vs. Toronto will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North PLUS with a start time at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com. FSN PLUS channel finder, here.||
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