PENGUINS (2-2-0) at WILD (0-3-0)
8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-N, FS-WI, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV
The Minnesota Wild will try to win their first game when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
A Wild loss would extend the worst start in their history. Minnesota has been outscored 14-6 in its first three games.
The Penguins play their first road game of the season, and first of a back-to-back set, playing at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. They will be without forwards Evgeni Malkin, Alex Galchenyuk, Nick Bjugstad and Bryan Rust, who are on injured reserve.
Pittsburgh is coming off of a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, and has alternated wins and losses through its first four games.
Players to watch
Penguins center Sidney Crosby has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has three points (one goal, two assists) through three games and is the only Minnesota player with more than two points.
They said it
"[Minnesota is] a good team, like every other team in this League. There's such parity in this league, there's such a fine line between winning and losing. We just have to make sure we control what we can to be at our best." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
"I don't think we're hoping [to be better at home], we're counting on it. It's easy to make excuses when you're on the road and you're playing against three good teams.... There's no excuses tonight. We're playing a really good team but it's time for us to lift up and play above what we're supposed to be playing." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
Penguins projected lineup
Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon
Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Brandon Tanev
Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Patric Hornqvist
Adam Johnson -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty
Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz
Jack Johnson -- John Marino
Scratched: Juuso Riikola, Chad Ruhwedel, Erik Gudbranson
Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)
Wild projected lineup
Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Kevin Fiala
Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba
Jonas Brodin -- Jared Spurgeon
Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt
Scratched: Ryan Donato, Nick Seeler
Injured: Greg Pateryn (bilateral core)
Blandisi was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday and Andrew Agozzino was reassigned. … Rask will play his first game of the season.
Letang has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak and is three points away from 500 in the NHL. He would be the first defenseman in Penguins history with 500 points. ... Boudreau needs two wins to tie Billy Reay (542) for 23rd place on NHL all-time coaching list.