|Minnesota native Blake Wheeler played for the University of Minnesota. He and the Boston Bruins take on the Minnesota Wild in TD Garden on Thursday. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images) |
The Wild have won six of their last ten games and find themselves climbing the Western Conference standings, currently sitting in third place in the Northwest Division.
In addition, Minnesota is coming off a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Tuesday night.
“I was watching that game and saw a stat that over the last ten or so games they have the second best record in the conference next to Vancouver,” said B’s forward Blake Wheeler.
“So they’ve been playing really good hockey, they’ve been putting themselves in a great position to compete for a play off spot.”
The Bruins are also coming off a good stretch after picking up eight of a possible ten points over their five-game road trip, which concluded with a 2-1 win in Toronto on Monday night.
Thursday’s game marks the first home game for Boston since Dec. 23.
“For us it’s a huge challenge especially coming back from the road and playing at home and you know it’s going to be kind of a grind it out kind of game,” Wheeler said.
“I don’t expect it to be very high scoring but two points is two points no matter how you shape it up.”
Boston faces a busy stretch coming up as they play 12 games before January comes to an end, including two sets of back-to-back games.
“We’re staying very even keeled and just trying to take things in segments like we did when we were on the road,” Wheeler said. “If we can bring that same mind set home with us, we’re going to give ourselves the same chance to be successful again these next five, six, seven games.”---Hannah Becker