The Minnesota Wild
will attempt to set a new franchise mark for consecutive road wins with eight when they head north to the unfriendly confines of the MTS Centre.
Minnesota's 20 wins and 43 points lead the NHL, and the club is off to its best start in franchise history. The Wild also own a seven-game winning streak after knocking off the Phoenix Coyotes
on the road Saturday night, 4-1. Kyle Brodziak
chipped in two power-play goals against the Coyotes and now leads all Minnesota scorers with 10 goals.
Tonight's meeting is the first look at what will be a new conference rivalry come next season. Minnesota and Winnipeg are each other's closest geographic rivals.
The Wild will regain the services of left wing Guillaume Latendresse
, whom they activated from injured reserve this morning after a 15-game absence. Latendresse last played on Nov. 10 at San Jose. However, center Matt Cullen
will not play after being sidelined by illness.
Defensemen Marek Zidlicky
(concussion) and Justin Falk
(upper body) remain out for Minnesota, as does right wing Devin Setoguchi
(lower body) Right wing Cal Clutterbuck
, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, will draw back into the Minnesota line-up.
- Mikko Koivu
- Dany Heatley
- Kyle Brodziak
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard
- Darroll Powe
- Cal Clutterbuck
- Cody Almond
- Brad Staubitz
- Mike Lundin
- Jared Spurgeon
- Greg Zanon