ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the surface, the Minnesota Wild's penalty kill numbers don't look bad. For the season, the team has killed off 82.2 percent of chances against it, good for 11th best in the National Hockey League.
The three power-play goals allowed against the Stars amounted to the difference in the game -- a 5-3 loss that snapped the Wild's seven-game winning streak.
"Special teams is something, through the course of every game. … It's always about the next one," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "You can't go into this game thinking about what happened the last game. Obviously you want to learn about some things, but we know we're a good penalty killing team.
"There's ebbs and flows in every season. We're going through a tough stretch right now."
On Monday, Minnesota hosts the St. Louis Blues, a team scoring at a 22.4 percent clip with the man advantage -- fourth-best in the league.
Minnesota's kill will get a personnel boost tonight as forward Torrey Mitchell is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game because of illness. Mitchell, along with Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak, have played critical roles on the penalty kill all season.
Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Blues and the Wild:
Injured: Josh Harding (illness)