WILD (1-3-0) at DUCKS (2-2-1)
Season series -- The teams are meeting for the second time in just over a week. The Ducks blew a 3-0 third-period lead at
Big story --
The Ducks won two of their last three -- they stole a 3-2 shootout win in
Wild -- With the exception of the third-period rally and overtime against the Ducks, little has gone right so far for new coach Todd Richards.
The Wild also lost forwards Cal Clutterbuck (sprained ankle) and Petr Sykora (groin) with injuries during the game against the Sharks. The lost forwards hurt.
"You could see it on the bench," Richards said. "Guys were tired. They were laboring. They worked extremely hard but it's tough when you have to shorten up your bench like that."
"We didn't execute to our level," coach Randy Carlyle said. "When your hockey club is standing still making plays, it shows they are a little bit worn down. We played last night in an emotional comeback. It's hard to recapture that."
Who's hot -- Selanne single-handedly won the game in
Injury report -- Clutterbuck was placed on the injured list. Sykora is doubtful. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (headaches) has missed the last couple of games. Nathan Smith and Andy Hilbert were recalled from
Stat pack -- One reason the Wild has won three in a row over the Ducks: goalie Niklas Backstrom is 4-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA in six career starts against
Puck drop -- The Ducks need to shake off the loss to the Rangers and build on the two previous games -- wins at
--John Kreiser, NHL.com