It's the third of four meeting between the two teams with the Wild currently leading the series, 2-0. The Oilers are still in the playoff push as they are eight points out of the eight and final playoff spot.
Devan Dubnyk will start tonight while newly-recalled Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen from the OKC Barons will be in the lineup in place of Ryan Jones and Jerred Smithson. Mark Fistric draws back into the lineup as Ryan Whitney and Theo Peckham are both healthy scratches.Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Hall - Gagner - Yakupov
Paajarvi - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Lander - Horcoff - Hartikainen
Petrell - Smyth - Brown
Fistric - Potter
Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - J. Schultz
GAME ON!! Puck has dropped.18:59:
Jason Zucker throws it on net but was stopped by Devan Dubnyk. The rebound bounced right onto the stick of Kyle Brodziak. | MIN 1, EDM 018:29:
Jordan Eberle draws the first penalty of the game as he goes to the box for boarding. Oilers on the penalty kill.17:36:
Dubnyk with the glove save on Ryan Suter from the blue line.16:42:
Battle in front of Dubnyk but the puck stayed out.
4:43: And Nail Yakupov ties it up. Hall with the cross-ice path hits Wild defenceman Brett Clark and redirects in front of Yakupov who finds the back of the net. | EDM 1, MIN 1 0:00:
Shots on net after 20 minutes are 11-7 for the Wild. The game is tied 1-1 with goals from Yakupov and Zucker.FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
Yakupov's goal is his eleventh of the year and his 24th point of the season. He moves into second for rookie scoring with eleven goals and tied for third in points. It's also his tenth point in his last ten games.
The second period is now underway.19:29:
Zack Parise beats Dubnyk but rings it off the post.17:09:
Dubnyk with the glove save on Cal Clutterbuck.17:04:
Charlie Coyle from the point beats Dubnyk and the Wild are up 2-1. | MIN 2, EDM 1 13:37:
Mikael Granlund picks up the loose puck that bounces off the back of the board and beats Dubnyk. | MIN 3, EDM 111:21:
Backstrom with the glove save on Nick Schultz.8:00:
Mark Fistric with a huge hit on Tom Gilbert.5:57:
Eberle with a backhand pass to Hall but his shot was stopped by Backstrom.0:51:
Sam Gagner draws a penalty in the last minute of play in the second for hooking. Oilers are back on the penalty kill.0:00:
And after 40 minutes, the Wild are leading 3-1. Shots on net, 23-13 for the Wild.
And we're underway in the third. Gagner in the box for hooking.19:40:
Parise picks up his own rebound and puts it into the open net. | MIN 4, EDM 1
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Brodziak with the breakaway and beats Dubnyk. His second of the night. | MIN 5, EDM 111:40:
Clayton Stoner is called for a delay-of-game penalty. The Oilers go on the powerplay.
10:00: And at the halfway mark of the third and on the powerplay, Hall finds an open Shawn Horcoff who puts it in the open net. | MIN 5, EDM 2
7:13: Magnus Paajarvi banks in the Yakupov rebound to cut the lead to two. | MIN 5, EDM 3 0:00:
Gagner with the attempt in the dying seconds but puts it in after the game ended. Wild win 5-3 with shots on net 30-19. | MIN 5, EDM 3