RED WINGS (26-28-10) at WILD (36-22-7)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
The Minnesota Wild will try to move into third place in the Central Division when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.
Minnesota owns the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, but the Wild can move past the Dallas Stars into third place in the division with one point against the Red Wings. The Wild are home after losing back-to-back road games in which they were outscored 12-4.
Detroit has lost back-to-back games and is 2-4-1 in its past seven. The Red Wings are seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Players to watch
Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.
Wild forward Eric Staal has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past seven games and 18 (11 goals, seven assists) in his past 13.
They said it
"[Minnesota's] got a good record in this building. They're big bodies, they're hard around your net. [Eric] Staal's been a great signing for them, [Mikko] Koivu's one of the best two-way players in the League … they've got a real good d-corps and a real good goalie [Devan Dubnyk], so we know it will be a challenge but for us it's about controlling our own play and if we play our best hockey we'll take on anybody." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill
"[Detroit's] got great speed; they've been built on speed for years and that's what they do. I think it's important to get the lead on them and play the way we're capable of playing. It's gonna be a hard-fought game because no game is easy anymore." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
Red Wings projected lineup
Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader
Martin Frk -- Luke Glendening -- David Booth
Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Scratched: Luke Witkowski
Wild projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Daniel Winnik -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Nick Seeler -- Nate Prosser
Scratched: Gustav Olofsson, Marcus Foligno
Ericsson returns after missing one game with an illness.
Athanasiou has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games. Larkin has one goal in his past 18 games. … Granlund has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past six games. Zucker has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.