Earlier this week, the Minnesota Wild lost 2-1 to the Blues in St. Louis. This evening, the Wild will look for revenge as they host the Blues in the second game of a home-and-home.
Coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his forward lines at practice.
First of all, Kevin Fiala returned from injury and should play on the 2nd offensive line for the Wild tonight. Luke Kunin will move to center on the 4th line. Joel Eriksson Ek will play as the 3rd line center while Koivu will take his place on the second line.
Jordan Greenway and Ryan Hartman will also trade places this week as Hartman goes back down to the 4th line. Victor Rask will be sidelined as Fiala returns to the lineup.
On defense, the pairings will stay identical with the exception of Nick Seeler stepping in for Carson Soucy on the left of the 3rd defensive duo.
Devan Dubnyk will once again be the starting netminder for the Wild as Alex Stalock backs him up.
Here is the projected lineup for Minnesota ahead of this evening's divisional battle according to NHL.com correspondent Jessi Pierce:
Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Kevin Fiala
Marcus Foligno - Joel Eriksson Ek - Jordan Greenway
Ryan Donato - Luke Kunin - Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Nick Seeler - Brad Hunt
Carson Soucy and Victor Rask are the healthy scratches for this evening. D-man Greg Pateryn is still out with an injury.
Let's hope that the Wild can get revenge on the Blues at home.