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GAMEDAY: Wild at New York Islanders

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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GAMEDAY: Wild at New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild (35-23-10: 80 points, 7th in Western Conference, 4th in Central Division) at New York Islanders (26-34-9: 61 points, 14th in Eastern Conference, 8th in Metropolitan Division)
It is another quick turnaround for the Minnesota Wild. After suffering a 4-1 loss in Boston last night, the Wild will get right back at it against the New York Islanders. It is the second and final meeting of the season for the two clubs, the Islanders taking the first game in Saint Paul, 5-4 on Dec. 29.

After last night's game, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo talked about the possibility of changing up the lines. Well, we'll have to wait until warmups to see what those changes might be, as the team only had a limited number of players on for the team's morning skate and Yeo was mum on any lineup changes.

Tonight, two recent Wild acquisitions will make their return to Long Island. Nino Niederreiter was the Islanders’ first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Minnesota acquired the 21-year-old in a draft day deal with the Islanders in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft. In parts of two seasons with New York, Niederreiter skated in 64 contests and posted two goals and an assist. The big wing has six points (3-3=6) in his last 11 games and ranks second on the Wild in hits (152) and plus-minus rating (plus-10) this season.

Trade Deadline Day acquisition Matt Moulson returns to Nassau Coliseum for the first time, where he became a three time 30-goal scorer. Moulson was moved to Buffalo during the season and the Wild acquired him and Cody McCormick from the Sabres in exchange for two second-round picks (2014 and 2016) and Torrey Mitchell.

The Wild suffered a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night. It was the franchise’s first ever loss in Beantown. Jason Pominville scored the team’s lone goal. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in the loss.

New York won at home against the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, on Saturday. The Islanders had four different goal scorers: Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome and Clutterbuck added an empty netter. Goaltender Anders Nilsson backstopped the win with 33 saves. 
If You're Going
The Islanders top line—Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee—have combined for 17 points (6G, 11A) in three games. Okposo was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday. Okposo had seven points (1G, 6A) in three games last week and is on a four-game point streak (2G, 6A). Sometimes it’s a relief to chuck stuff. Well, tonight at the Coliseum you’ll get a chance to chuck to win, as the Islanders host Mercedes Chuck-a-Puck during the intermission. 

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Pominville tallied his 26th goal of the season Monday to stretch his point streak to a season-best five games (4-2=6). He leads the Wild in goals and points this season (26-22=48), including nine points (4-5=9) in his last 10 games and 15 points (8-7=15) in his last 16 contests.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.

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We’ll know if there will be any changes to the lineup during warmups:

Parise-Granlund-Pominville
Moulson-Koivu-Niederreiter
Coyle-Brodziak-Cooke
Heatley-Haula-Fontaine

If Yeo continues the D-rotation, Nate Prosser will be re-inserted into the lineup, but we'll have to wait to see who steps out:

Spurgeon-Suter
Brodin-Scandella
Stoner-Ballard

After yesterday’s morning skate, Yeo intimated that Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net tonight. The netminder is 4-1-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and two shutouts in nine career starts versus the Islanders.
View From The Press Box
Certainly we’re going to look at our lines tonight here, I’m not sure we have the right mix. Whether we change one, two or three lines, I’m not sure. We have to figure this out though, because it doesn’t have the right feel.

- Yeo on switching up the forward lines
We’ll know who the healthy scratches are after warmups.

Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is expected to be shutdown for the remainder of the season.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Kyle Okposo is from St. Paul and played one season at University of Minnesota (2006-07). Brock Nelson is from Warroad and Anders Lee hails from Edina. The Wild finishes its 10th of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Wild is 3-7-0 on the first night and 3-4-2 on the second night.


Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Islanders will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 6:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.           
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2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 18 '14 MIN 6 at NYI 0 M. Moulson
Dec 29 '13 NYI 5 at MIN 4 K. Okposo
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Pominville69262349+01455
Z. Parise54232245+824125
M. Moulson62202343-52693
M. Koivu5283240-31813
M. Granlund5673037+12022
R. Suter6963137+82620
N. Niederreiter69122133+113421
D. Heatley69121527-111842
M. Cooke6991625+65203
K. Brodziak6961622-14301
J. Fontaine5613720+82211
C. Coyle5771320-103121
J. Spurgeon5541519+101220
J. Brodin668917+31830
M. Scandella6331316+121801
K. Ballard45279-73700
T. Mitchell58189-32100
E. Haula34347+92300
N. Prosser40257+33702
J. Zucker21415+2211
C. Stoner60145-58000
C. McCormick35145-74500
S. Veilleux27202-31900
Z. Konopka36112-55500
M. Dumba13112-5210
M. Rupp12011+11300
B. Bulmer5000-2200
J. Blum4000+0000
C. McMillan1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Harding2918-7-3466901.65.933
D. Kuemper2312-5-4496362.22.923
I. Bryzgalov226-8-6596802.81.913
N. Backstrom215-11-2555463.02.899
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
K. Okposo69274269-94954
J. Tavares59244266-64084
T. Vanek60213253-13862
F. Nielsen68222749-13840
J. Bailey6562127-112211
M. Grabner63121325-111202
B. Nelson60121224-51021
A. MacDonald6342024-193422
T. Hickey7041519+52600
C. Clutterbuck649716-83800
C. McDonald586713-233400
C. Cizikas685813-93000
C. de Haan4431013-112611
T. Hamonic5711112-36200
L. Visnovsky243811-11021
A. Lee106410+4410
M. Martin675510-128601
R. Strome254610-4420
M. Donovan401910-91810
M. Moulson11639+3650
P. Bouchard28459-91211
B. Strait47369-141400
P. Regin44257-101800
E. Boulton23224+08800
A. Ness20123-131000
M. Carkner41033-910800
R. Martinek13033+4400
M. Halmo8000-1400
J. Sundstrom3000-1000
K. Czuczman1000-2200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
E. Nabokov3512-14-6969432.96.898
K. Poulin2811-16-1898203.29.891
A. Nilsson123-5-2393303.50.882
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