The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild look to move up in their respective divisions as they battle to make noise in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in front of a national television audience Monday.
The Blue Jackets (17-15-3) and the Wild (16-14-4) will face off at Nationwide Arena with a 7:30 p.m. start time. The game will be available on Versus in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Both teams will be looking to get back on track after losses on Sunday. The Wild are third in the Northwest Division and the Blue Jackets are fifth in the Central, but Columbus is four points out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference while the Wild trail by five points.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4