At the beginning of 2017 the Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals were two red hot teams playing for the rights to the best record in the NHL. Since then, the Caps have stayed hot, the Wild…not.
The Wild have only managed two wins in their last ten games, and head coach Bruce Boudreau is shuffling his lines tonight to try and get his team back in the win column at home tonight.
Per Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune, the forward lines will be:
Defenceman Christian Folin and forward Jordan Schroeder are expected to be healthy scratches.
Folin had only just returned after a three-week absence due to injury, playing his first game back against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. The heavy hitting blueliner has played 45 games this season and has 2 goals, 5 assists, 24 PiM and a +/- of plus-7.
Schroeder has had a tough time finding a spot in Minnesota’s lineup as of late, he has seen more and more of the press box as the season progresses. The 26-year-old winger has played 34 games with the Wild, and has notched 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau appears to be looking for more a more consistent effort from his bottom-six forwards, and he’ll need all of his players to be on top of their game if they are going to stand up to the smoldering Capitals.
Washington will come into the Xcel Energy Center on a four game winning streak, the Wild on the other hand, will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid.