ST. PAUL -- It's been just five days since the Wild scored eight goals in an 8-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues. But a tough two-game road trip to Arizona and Colorado has made it feel like it's been much longer than that.
Back on home ice, the Wild has a chance to recapture the magic from last Tuesday in a place where Minnesota has been confident all season.
One of the best teams in the League at home, the Wild quickly has a chance to redeem itself following its first consecutive regulation losses since before Christmas.
"You fall off the horse, you get back on and ride 'er again. That's what we have to do," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "We had three bad periods in my mind in the last little while. People are making a mountain out of a mole hill here. We'll get back to it, back to our game."
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The Wild has lost in regulation just twice at Xcel Energy Center since Nov. 14, posting a 19-2-5 record during that stretch.
For the season, Minnesota has a 22-5-6 mark in St. Paul, with its 50 points tied for the most in the League.
"It seems like we've gotten opportunities to come back after games like that. No question we'll do the same. That's just not our team," said Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. "We've played extremely well for a long period of time here and we know why. It always helps being at home here but it doesn't make anything automatic. We have to be able to get back to work and play the way we're capable of playing."
Boudreau said not all was bad about the trip, despite the results not being what they want.
Little can be gleaned from the disappointing effort in Colorado, where the Avs built a 6-1 lead after two periods in an eventual 7-1 victory.
But for two periods in Arizona, the Wild limited the Coyotes to, by his count, one scoring chance. Had the Wild been able to capitalize on any of its handful of grade-A chances early in the game, it's likely a different outcome.
"We had three bad periods. It's a grind. I'm not letting the players off the hook but you can't be great all the time," Boudreau insisted. "We gave them one scoring chance in Arizona until the third period. We got a couple against us and it just snowballed into Colorado. We'll forget about that and start to play the way we're capable of today."
Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu did not skate on Sunday morning but are fine and will play tonight. Dubnyk will assume his spot between the posts for Minnesota. Nate Prosser is expected to draw back in.
Here are the projected lineups:
Anthony Mantha - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Justin Abdelkader
Martin Frk - Luke Glendening - David Booth
Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen
Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter - Joel Eriksson Ek - Luke Kunin
Daniel Winnik - Matt Cullen - Tyler Ennis
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Nick Seeler - Nate Prosser