|SJS||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
|MIN||0||2||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|The Sharks are reeling a bit at the moment as the team is in the middle of a two-game skid. It’s the first time all season San Jose has had two-straight games without a point.
The Sharks are led by Joe Thornton’s 32 points this season (5-27=32), though rookie phenom Thomas Hertl leads the team in goals with 14 (14-9=23). Antti Niemi anchors San Jose in goal with a .915 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average.
|Remember it’s an early start time of 5 p.m. You certainly don’t want to miss any of the action and the roads haven’t been kind lately. So plan ahead. Also, Fans are encouraged to donate to the Salvation Army bell ringers outside Xcel Energy Center as their donations will benefit Xcel Energy's HeatShare program which helps alleviate heating costs to families in need.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Mikko Koivu played in his 566th NHL game Thursday, which moved him into second place on the Wild’s All-Time Games Played list. He led the way in the faceoff circle, winning 16-of-20 (80%) faceoffs on the night. The captain leads the Wild with 17 assists this season and is second in points with 23.
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|Zenon Konopka will step back in on the fourth line:
The blue line is likely to stay the same:
Harding leads the NHL with a 1.52 goals-against average and has set career highs this season for the most wins (15) and shutouts (3) in a single season. He also has a .935 save percentage.
|If we’re going to ask our players to throw that game in the garbage and get refocused and reset, we have to be willing to, too.
-Yeo on sticking with the same lines and moving on from Friday night, as reported by the Star Tribune.
|Defensemen Nate Prosser and Matt Dumba are expected to be healthy scratches, as is Mike Rupp amongst the forwards.
Mikael Granlund is on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury.
|D Brent Burns was drafted 20th overall by the Wild in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time scoring list with 183 points (55-128=183) in 455 games (2003-11). D Justin Braun (Minneapolis) is a Minnesota native...C James Sheppard was selected ninth overall by Minnesota in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 224 games with the Wild (2007-10). Todd McLellan coached the Wild’s prospects in Cleveland (2000-01) and Houston (2001-05). G Alex Stalock hails from St. Paul and played three seasons with University of Minnesota-Duluth (2006-2009).||Minnesota has earned points in 15-of-16 games decided by one goal this season (10-1-5). Entering play Saturday, only Los Angeles (11-3-4) has more wins and points from one-goal games. Seven of the last eight Wild wins have been decided by one goal.|
|Wild vs. San Jose will be broadcast locally on FOX Sports North with a start time at 5 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.||
|Jan 25 '14||MIN 2 at SJS 3 - OT||J. Thornton|
|Dec 12 '13||MIN 1 at SJS 3||T. Hertl|
|Dec 08 '13||SJS 1 at MIN 3||M. Koivu|