With 3 wins in their last 4 games, the Minnesota Wild are currently looking good. Tonight, they look to go 4 in five against the Bruins in Boston.
Why change a winning formula, thinks Bruce Boudreau as he keeps faith in his line combinations and defensive pairings as they are. The Wild are set to hit the ice with the exact same lineup that overcame the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-2 in Minnesota on Thursday.
Devan Dubnyk will once again be a healthy scratch for tonight's game after being kept on the sidelines for the game against the Avs. It may be strange for an ex Vezina trophy finalist to be a healthy scratch, especially considering the fact the goaltenders are rarely scratched in the NHL, but there is no denying that Alex Stalock has been the better netminder this season with a record of 5-3-0 compared to Dubnyk's 4-8-2.
Stalock will start in front of the Wild's net once again tonight and Kaapo Kahkonen will act as his backup.
Here is the Wild's projected lineup for tonight's game in Boston according to NHL.com correspondent Matt Kalman:
Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway - Joel Eriksson Ek - Luke Kunin
Ryan Donato - Victor Rask - Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy - Brad Hunt
Nick Seeler is set to join Dubnyk on the gallantry press at TD Garden this evening. Marcus foligno and Greg Pateryn are still on the injury reserve list.
Boston have won their last two games and are tied for second place in the NHL. Their first line composed of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak is producing offensively at an incredible rate this season and may give coach Boudreau a few head aches tonight. The Wild may have their hands full in trying to stop them.
It should be a great game of Hockey!