Coming off a huge come from behind win in Dallas, the Minnesota Wild look to win three in a row as they play the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Wild have to be happy with a 3-1 come-from-behind road win against the Dallas Stars. A lot of positives came out of this win; Devan Dubnyk continues to shine for the Wild as he made 33 saves on 34 shots, whilst Ryan Suter also had a huge night.
With an assist and a game-winning goal, Suter has now reached the 500 point milestone making him the 11th U.S. born defenseman to reach this milestone, suggesting a decline isn’t quite the case.
Zach Parise had a two-point night as well, with an assist and an empty net goal late in the third period. He continues to be a bright spot up front for the Wild with 2 goals and 7 assists in 7 games played.
Being on the back-end of back-to-back games, the Minnesota Wild will need an all-out team effort tonight against Stanley Cup favorites, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Finally, some good news coming from Iowa; center, Luke Kunin scored his first goal of the year against the Texas Stars last night in Austin. Minnesota Wild’s first round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft now has 2 points in two games this year with Iowa.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has had a successful start to the season; they had their first five games at home at Amalie Arena with a record 4-1-0. The Lightning are coming off a 3-1 victory at home against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Surprisingly, Steven Stamkos scored just his first goal of the season.
The Bolts penalty kill is flawless going 23-23 on penalty kills this season.
Coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning hope they can stick to their winning ways as they start a five-game road trip tonight in St. Paul. This road trip will be an early season test having to play two back-to-backs in a weeks time. The tour will include stops in Minnesota, Chicago, Colorado, Vegas and next Saturday, in Arizona.
Puck Drop: 7:08 p.m. Central time
Radio: KFAN FM and affiliates
Watch: Fox Sports North; Fox Sports app
All-Time Record vs. Lightning: 14-7-1 (10-2-0 at Excel Energy Center, 4-5-3 at Tampa Bay)
17-18: Regular season series was split at 1-1-0
Team Series Leaders:
Wild Goalies vs Lightning: Dubynk 3-2-1 with a 1.91 GAA, a .928 SV% and one shutout; Stalock is 0-2-0 with a 3.06 GAA, and a .880 SV%
Lightning Goalies vs. Wild: Vasilevskiy is 3-1-1 with a 1.56 GAA, a .950 SV% and one shutout; Louis Domingue is 1-1-0 with a 2.44 GAA and a .917 SV% in two starts.
With this being a back-to-back situation, the Minnesota Wild will need to come out of the gates flying. Otherwise, they could fall victim to a very potent offense.