‘Things haven’t been going great’. Minnesota Wild look for response against Bruins

Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild host Boston on Wednesday night in the second of a nine-game homestand for the Wild.(Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports)
Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild host Boston on Wednesday night in the second of a nine-game homestand for the Wild.(Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports) /
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34-20-4. Wild -1.5. Wednesday, March 16. 98. 6:30 p.m. . 37-18-5. 70. TNT

The Minnesota Wild made a change to its lineup on Tuesday with the trade for Colorado forward Tyson Jost.

Will the Wild’s recent play change as well.

Minnesota heads into Wednesday night’s matchup against Boston having lost 10 of its last 14 games — a span that has led the Wild from holding second place in the Central Division to its current position as a wild-card team.

“Things haven’t been great,” Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov said through an interpreter during a media availability session on Tuesday. “I think it’s up to every guy on the team to do some soul-searching to find out what in their came they can alter/change/enhance to continue to get better every single game. It’s something obviously we’re all working toward but I think it takes the onus on every single player to find something they can continue to improve.”

Minnesota edged the Bruins in early January in Boston as Matt Boldy scored his first career NHL goal. But the game is also remembered for Kaprizov being injured in the second period as he was hit along the boards by Bruins forward Trent Frederic.

Kaprizov was asked if he felt Wednesday’s rematch might result in some fireworks between the teams. He was quick to downplay that talk.

“I think the thing I expect the most is for us to show up as a team and play the game we know how to play to win,” Kaprizov said. “(The hit) happened a long time ago. The last thing we can do is think along those type of things.”

Minnesota has a 6-4-3 record against Boston at the Xcel Energy Center in the all-time series history. Four of the last nine contests at Xcel Energy Center have gone into overtime/shootout and eight of the 13 games have been decided by one goal.

Betting odds

The Wild vs Bruins odds on .WynnBET has Minnesota favored by 1.5 goals at the Xcel Energy Center.  The game is a push on the moneyline with both teams listed at -110 . The over/under for the matchup is listed at six total goals.

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Upcoming Wild schedule

Saturday, March 19: Chicago, 1 p.m. CST

Monday, March 21: Vegas, 7 p.m. CST

Thursday, March 24: Vancouver, 7 p.m. CST