It’s a cold and windy Friday night in Chinatown as the Minnesota Wild meet the Washington Capitals. Both teams are coming into the match after a loss. For the Wild, former Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth put a stop to their hopes for a fresh start with a last minute stretch save that surprised even his Flyers teammates. The St. Paul team has two consecutive losses after a brief four-game winning streak. They have a new man in charge and the hope to somehow gather enough points to get into a wild card position.
- The Wild are missing some of their key players tonight with Zack Parise out for an upper body injury and Jason Zucker out with a concussion.
- Top scorers in the Wild lineup tonight. are Mikko Koivu, Charlie Coyle, and Thomas Vanek.
- Keep an eye on their defense, especially Loui Eriksson and Matt Dumba.
- Schroeder Koivu Coyle
- Porter Granlund Vanek
- Niederreiter Haula Pominville
- Carter Stroll Fontaine
- Suter Spurgeon
- Scabdekka Dumba
- Reilly Folin
Dubrynk or Kuemper in the net
The Washington Capitals on the other hand are still leading the league in points and games won and unless they get sloppy, are likely to keep that lead going into the playoffs. The last few games have been tough on the Boyz but they never seem to lose the drive to win.
For now the biggest problem they may have is keeping everyone healthy. First Marcus Johansson had a little something, now Michael Latta is sick. Makes you wonder if they weren’t feeling 100 percent on Wednesday…
Your Caps lines as we know them now:
- Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie
- Burakovsky Kuznetsov Williams
- Chimera Johansson Wilson
- Laich Richards Galiev
- Schmidt Carlson
- Alzner Niskanen
- Orpik Orlov
Holtby in the net with Grubauer backing him up.
Trotz Corner: Latta could be in, but unlikely. Coach hinted that Chorney could be in but would not say who he would pull. We are betting Orlov or Carlson. Beagle not ready to return yet.
A few additional shots from practice: Chimera took a tumble and left a little less than happy. And…we aren’t sure what exactly was going on at the bench…
Let’s hope the team philosophy to never lose more than one game rings true tonight.