WILD (41-14-6) at BLUE JACKETS (39-16-6)
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Wild team scope
Defenseman Ryan Suter is expected to play for the Minnesota Wild. Suter left late in the first period of a 6-5 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday after being boarded by Jets defenseman Paul Postma. "He looks fine to me. I anticipate him playing," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's old school. There's no doubt in my mind. He's tough. He's a tough farmer. That's probably why he's making $100 million this year, or whatever it is." The Wild will be missing left wing Zach Parise and right wing Jason Pominville for the third straight game because of the mumps. Minnesota leads the Chicago Blackhawks by three points for first place in the Central Division. "We can have different guys fill different roles at different moments of games, and when we haven't played our best we've still found ways to win," forward Eric Staal said. "Over the course of 82 games you need that and good teams find ways to do that, and that's what we've done." The Wild are 15-1-2 in their past 18 road games. Forward Charlie Coyle has 99 NHL assists and center Martin Hanzal is two assists from 200.
Blue Jackets team scope
Defenseman Kyle Quincey and forward Lauri Korpikoski will each debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets a little more than 24 hours after being acquired in trades. Quincey will skate with Ryan Murray on the third pair. He'll likely start on the right side, but he and Murray are interchangeable. Markus Nutivaara will be scratched. "Don't read into that too much. He's going to be a big part of this," coach John Tortorella said of the rookie defenseman. "He's still a little bit banged up. This gives him a chance to truly really get healthy." Quincey was acquired from the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Dalton Prout on Wednsday and brings needed Stanley Cup Playoff experience. "You've got to play with the guys and feel each other out, so that will take a few games," Quincey said. "Might as well start right now." Columbus acquired Korpikoski in a trade from the Dallas Stars for minor league defenseman Dillon Heatherington on Wednesday. Korpikoski will play to the left of center William Karlsson and Josh Anderson. "It's good to get playing right away," Korpikoski said. "That's where you feel most comfortable, on the ice right now. Everything else is new." The Blue Jackets are 4-1-1 in their past six games, including points in three straight (2-0-1). They are tied in points for second place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins, seven points behind the Washington Capitals; Columbus has one game in hand. Center Brandon Dubinsky is one point from 400 in his NHL career.
Wild projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Jordan Schroeder
Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund
Tyler Graovac -- Martin Hanzal -- Charlie Coyle
Chris Stewart -- Erik Haula -- Ryan White
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba
Christian Folin -- Jonas Brodin
Scratched: Nate Prosser
Injured: Victor Bartley (arm), Zach Parise (mumps), Jason Pominville (mumps)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Brandon Saad
Lauri Korpikoski -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Jack Johnson -- David Savard
Ryan Murray -- Kyle Quincey
Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Nutivaara
Injured: Lukas Sedlak (oblique) Matt Calvert (oblique)
Karlsson will return after missing the Blue Jackets' 1-0 overtime loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday with an illness. … Columbus is not carrying an extra forward.
Granlund has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak and 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in his past 22 games. ... Koivu has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in a five-game point streak. Zucker has goals in two straight. ... Niederreiter has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. ... Bobrovsky has stopped 57 of 60 shots (.950) in his past two starts. ... Anderson has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past five games.