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Minnesota coach Boudreau looks to move up NHL wins list; Vegas eyes eighth victory in 11 games

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

WILD (16-13-5) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (18-13-5)



The Game

Bruce Boudreau can move into 22nd place for wins among NHL coaches when the Minnesota Wild visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Boudreau, in his 14th NHL season, will look to pass Marc Crawford (556).

The Wild are 5-0-1 against the Golden Knights and 3-0-0 at T-Mobile Arena. Minnesota, 7-2-1 in its past 10 games. is coming off a 5-3 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Goalie Alex Stalock will start for the Wild, but Devan Dubnyk will dress as the backup for the first time since Nov. 16. Dubnyk has missed 14 games to be with his wife, Jennifer, who is dealing with a medical situation. Forward Jason Zucker (lower body) will not play.

The Golden Knights aim to win their third consecutive game and for the eighth time in 11 games (7-2-1). Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 26 saves in a 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, will start for Vegas.


Players to watch

Wild center Eric Staal has five points (four goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty, coming off his first four-point game with Vegas on Sunday, has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"There's no special formula. We've had an awful lot of Minnesota people traveling and cheering, which has really helped us out. I think we know the atmosphere here is so great, and we've played well." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"They're a team that's played us pretty well here. They've got a lot of good players. They just play really well here. It's a personal vendetta for me to play well against them." -- Golden Knights defenseman and Minnesota native Nate Schmidt


Wild projected lineup

Ryan Donato -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Luke Johnson -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Nico Sturm -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin -- Carson Soucy

Brennan Menell -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Gerald Mayhew

Injured: Joel Eriksson Ek (upper body), Mikko Koivu (lower body), Greg Pateryn (lower body), Jared Spurgeon (upper body), Jason Zucker (lower body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

Valentin Zykov -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Shea Theodore

Deryk Engelland -- Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: None

Injured: Cody Glass (upper body), Cody Eakin (upper body), Nicolas Hague (illness)


Status report

Koivu has been sent back to Minnesota for further treatment. … The Wild placed Eriksson Ek on long-term injured reserve Monday. … Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said he expects the same lineup as Sunday but is not 100 percent sure.


Stat pack

Minnesota and the St. Louis Blues are the two NHL teams without a regulation loss to Vegas. … Donato will play his 100th NHL game. … Tuch is one point from 100 in the NHL.

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