Wild vs. Golden Knights: Riding a winning streak into Vegas

Dmitry Kulikok (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. The Wild carry a four-game winning streak into Vegas on Thursday. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dmitry Kulikok (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. The Wild carry a four-game winning streak into Vegas on Thursday. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Bally Sports North . 7-6-0. 942. Golden Knights -1.5. 9 p.m. CST. 9-3-0. 98. Thursday, Nov. 11

The Minnesota Wild return to the site where last season’s postseason run came to an end.

Minnesota faces the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night for the first time since a 6-2 loss in Game 7 of a opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series in which the Wild rallied after losing three of the first four games.

The Wild head into the matchup on the strength of a four-game winning streak and are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for first place in the Western Conference with 18 points.

The Golden Knights were one of the Stanley Cup favorites heading into the season but lost four of their first five games.  Vegas is a game over .500 and trails the Pacific Division-leading Oilers by four points but Edmonton has two games in hand.

Minnesota dominated the regular season matchup with Vegas last year with a 5-1-2 mark in eight matchups and a 2-1-1 mark at T-Mobile Arena.

Minnesota has an 11-2-3 all-time record against the Golden Knights.

Lineup news

After back-to-back starts for Kaapo Kahkonen, Cam Talbot will return to the net.

Wild goal of year candidate?

Kevin Fiala scored just his second goal of the season in Wednesday’s win over Arizona.  But the forward showed the type of hand-eye coordination he possesses on it.

Power rankings

›The Minnesota Wild made a jump of a dozen spots to No. 7 in the ESPN power rankings this week and lists Jonas Brodin as the team’s most underrated player.

›Minnesota also made a notable leap on NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk list, up 11 spots to No. 6.

›The Wild moved up three spots to No. 12 in the Sports Illustrated power rankings. 

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Betting odds

The Wild vs. Golden Knights odds on WynnBET has Vegas as a 1.5 favorite at home. The teams are viewed as an even matchup as both have a negative moneyline. The Knights are listed at -107, while the Wild are at -103. The total goals is set at an over/under of 5.5.

Upcoming Wild schedule

Saturday, Nov. 13: @ Seattle, 9 p.m. CST

Tuesday, Nov. 16: San Jose, 7 p.m. CST

Thursday, Nov. 18: Dallas, 7 p.m. CST