• Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was a third-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Draft and played in 134 games with the franchise, scoring 27 goals and 69 points.
• Wild assistant coach John Anderson was picked in the first round of the 1977 NHL Draft by Toronto, collecting 393 points in 534 career games with the Leafs.
• Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson was a fourth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 1990 NHL Draft and played in 233 games over five seasons with Toronto.
• Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner grew up in Minnetonka and played at Minnetonka High School before playing three seasons at the University of Wisconsin.
Wild defenseman Mike Reilly will be back in the lineup after not playing in each of the last two games. Still, it's been a busy week for Reilly, who was assigned to Iowa on Monday, played for Minnesota's AHL affiliate on Tuesday, then was recalled on Wednesday and practiced with the NHL club.
While Minnesota has won each of its last two games, Reilly's speed and ability to move the puck could come in handy against a speedy Toronto team loaded with young talent.
"It doesn't hurt, the up and down game, they can skate pretty well," Reilly said. "I know a lot of guys on this team, pretty fast, can make plays, play some good hockey, so it seems like it could be an up and down game, quick transitions, so they're probably going to feed off turnovers, so you gotta manage the puck well with just the way they skate and make plays."
Reilly's two-way contract and his age are working against him remaining in Minnesota uninterrupted for the rest of the season. Boudreau has said numerous times that he wants Reilly, and his other young defensemen, to play, not sit in the press box.
But if Reilly plays well, it could force the coach's hand.
"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself," Reilly said. "I felt I had a good preseason, just one tough game against St. Louis, not gonna let that get me down. I'm confident in what I can do each night. Just try to come in and play my game and let everything else take care of itself.
"Obviously, [I] wasn't satisfied with the first effort and as a team, so just come in and try to do what I do best. It was good for me go down and play in Iowa a few nights ago, get minutes, get a lot of reps and play in every situation. Just try to come in and be confident."
Boudreau indicated that forward Jason Zucker, who did not practice yesterday, is good to play tonight.
Here are the projected lineups:
Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart
Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker - Zac Dalpe - Teemu Pulkkinen
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella - Jonas Brodin
Mike Reilly - Christian Folin
Milan Michalek - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Peter Holland - Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly - Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick - Nikita Zaitsev