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From the Rink: Wild hopes to use comforts of home to get back on track

Minnesota's 50 points on home ice this season are tied for most in the NHL

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

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

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau


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

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

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