WILD (27-27-6) at RANGERS (26-25-8)
7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV
The Minnesota Wild will try to end a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and a two-game goal drought when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The Wild, who are 1-6-3 in 10 games since Feb. 1, haven't scored in seven consecutive periods, a span of 156 minutes. They are last in the Central Division with 60 points, but are one point behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Ryan Donato will make his Wild debut after the forward was acquired in a trade from the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Minnesota, which sent forward Charlie Coyle to Boston, also received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. They are 9-6-1 since Jan. 12.
Players to watch
Donato will skate on the third line with Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin. He had nine points (six goals, three assists) in 34 games with the Bruins.
Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.
They said it
"The last four games, I mean three of them were right there for us that we should have won, but when you don't get 'em you dwell on the fact that they're losses. I think if we play 10 percent better than what we've been playing and get a little bit of puck luck we'll be fine." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
"We've just got to continue to build on the way we've played I think the last five weeks. I think we've played some pretty good hockey over the last five weeks." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
Wild projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Jordan Greenway
Zach Parise -- Mikael Granlund -- Pontus Aberg
Ryan Donato -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Matt Hendricks -- Eric Fehr -- Marcus Foligno
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Greg Pateryn
Anthony Bitetto -- Brad Hunt
Scratched: Nick Seeler, J.T. Brown
Injured: Victor Rask (lower body), Matt Hendricks (upper body), Matt Dumba (ruptured right pectoralis muscle), Mikko Koivu (ACL and meniscus tear)
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- Pavel Buchnevich
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast
Boo Nieves -- Filip Chytil
Brady Skjei -- Adam McQuaid
Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo
Brendan Smith -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Connor Brickley, Lias Andersson
Injured: Brett Howden (MCL sprain)
Brown was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League. … Andersson was recalled from Hartford of the AHL. … Quinn said he wasn't sure if he would play six defensemen and 12 forwards or seven defensemen and 11 forwards. He said Pionk will play after missing the game against Carolina with an eye injury. … Howden participated in the morning skate wearing a red non-contact jersey. It was his first time skating with the Rangers since injuring his knee Jan. 29.
The Wild lead the NHL in goals by defensemen (38). … Kreider, Zibanejad and Zuccarello have combined for 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) in the past 15 games with all three in the lineup.