The best remedy for a loss is getting back out on the ice and fighting for a win.
The Wild doesn’t have much time to think about last night’s 4-3 loss in Dallas as it’s back in action again tonight. But, once again, it won’t be easy, as the Wild hosts the Central Division-leading Blues.
Fans will see newly acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov in cage tonight. He is 6-11-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .895 save percentage against the Blues.
Tonight marks the third of five meetings this season with St. Louis. The Blues hold a 2-0-0 edge in the season series. The two last met on New Year’s Eve at Xcel Energy Center where the Wild lost 2-1. The Blues also shutout the Wild 3-0 in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 25.
Last night, in the first night of this weekend’s back-to-back action, the Wild fell 4-3 in Dallas. Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle and Kyle Brodziak each scored for Minnesota while Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves in the tough matchup. The Wild holds a three-point cushion on the standings on Dallas after last night, but has one game in hand.
Tonight also marks the second night of a back-to-back for the Blues. Last night St. Louis edged Colorado 2-1. David Backes and Patrik Berglund netted the Blues’ goals while Ryan Miller recorded 26 saves. Since Miller joined the Blues, he has gone 4-0-0 and, with last night’s win, he has defeated every NHL team at least once.
Meet The Notes
The Blues hold a league-best 17-0-1 in division play and are riding a four-game winning streak into tonight. They also have won the last seven games in this matchup.
St. Louis is led by Alexader Steen and T.J. Oshie’s 49 points. Steen has a team-high 29 goals.
If You’re Going
First off, if you normally take 35E south into St. Paul, be aware that a portion of it is closed. Check here for more details. (http://wild.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=26962)
Tonight is also everyone’s favorite Swede’s bobblehead night. Be sure to get there early as the first 5,000 fans get a Jonas Brodin bobble.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
Kyle Brodziak tallied his second goal in as many games Saturday night. He has four points in his last seven games on two goals and two assists.
The forward lines will remain the same:
Prosser will step back in on defense:
Between The Pipes
Bryzgalov will his first start with the Wild tonight. He is 6-11-1 against the Blues.
Yeo Quote Of The Day
I'm not going to sit here and complain about that. Like you said, we did enough things in this game to shoot ourselves in the foot.
-Yeo, on Haula’s major penalty and last night’s game.
View From The Press Box
Honorary State Of Hockey Resident
David Backes is a native of Minneapolis and played three seasons at Minnesota State Mankato (2003-06). D Jordan Leopold was born in Golden Valley and played four seasons with the University of Minnesota (1998-2002). T.J. Oshie played high school hockey in Warroad.
The Wild finishes its ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Wild is 3-6-0 on the first night and 3-4-1 on the second night.
Wild vs. Blues will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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