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From the Rink: Wild and Red Wings clash in St. Paul

Minnesota aims to continue home-ice momentum Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild will face the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. 

Minnesota, victorious in four of its past five games overall, will try and keep its winning ways going on home ice after snapping a four-game losing streak in St. Paul on Thursday in a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

It's critical too: The Wild will play four of its next five games on home ice including the game against the Wings.

"We love playing here and we haven't had the record that we used to here, not even close," said Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. "But I think last game was a good start to this stretch. This is a place where we play extremely well so we gotta try to continue to climb. The race is gonna be tight from now until the end of the year and every opportunity we have to string a few together we need to get."

In four games since being named an All-Star, Dubnyk is 4-0 with a .938 save percentage and a goals-against average of 2.00 with one shutout. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win over the Jets on Thursday.

The Wild had an optional skate on Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center. Here's a look:

From a lineup perspective, it appears J.T. Brown will step in tonight against the Red Wings in place of Matt Hendricks. Dubnyk will get the nod between the posts. 

Here is how the rest of the Wild lineup could shake out:

Jordan Greenway - Eric Staal - Nino Niederreiter

Zach Parise - Charlie Coyle - Luke Kunin

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund

Marcus Foligno - Joel Eriksson Ek - J.T. Brown

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Greg Pateryn

Nick Seeler - Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

In case you missed it

Here is today's Wild Warmup

Dubnyk joined the NHL Now crew on Friday to discuss his All-Star Game bid and what he is looking forward to most later this month when he gets to San Jose:

Video: Devan Dubnyk joins NHL Now to talk All-Star Game

Hockey Day Minnesota is just one week away and yours truly, along with a host of others, will be on the ground in frosty Bemidji documenting the day's events. 

Until then, check out the Hockey Day Homepage to get ready.

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Tonight, Detroit will be playing the second game in as many nights on Saturday following a 4-2 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg on Friday. 

The Red Wings have lost three-straight games and four of five since the new year began. They've lost nine of their past 10 games dating back to Dec. 20.

The Red Wings are expected to look like this:

Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Gustav Nyquist

Thomas Vanek - Frans Nielsen - Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Andreas Athanasiou

Justin Abdelkader - Jacob De La Rose - Christoffer Ehn

Dennis Cholowski - Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson - Filip Hronek

Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Watching/listening to tonight's game:

  • The game will be televised on FOX Sports North PLUS
  • It can also be streamed on the FOX Sports app
  • It can be heard on FM 100.3 KFAN or the Wild Radio Network
  • You can also stream the audio online in the Wild app

If you're attending tonight's game, here's what's going on:

Video: Wild Vision: Jan 12. vs DET

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