(3-0-0 6 Points)
|Arena: Xcel Energy Center -- St. Paul, MN|
|Starting goalie:|| ||Starting goalie:|| Jimmy Howard |
|0-0-0 0.00 GAA ||2-0-0 1.50 GAA |
|SBN Blog:||Hockey Wilderness||Last meeting:||N/A |
|TV:||FSN, FSD |
Detroit heads to Minnesota tonight to take on the Half-Sharks (I swear I'll get tired of calling them this pretty soon). After shaking off the rust on Thursday in a 2-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks, the Wings will look to grab points at a time in their schedule when there are absolutely zero excuses to be leaving any on the table. Minny is coming off a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Thursday and look to continue challenging to make themselves known in a terrible Northwest Division.
Last season's series saw the Wings outscore the Wild 12-8 (not counting the "goal" given to the Wings for the shootout win in February). Detroit also outshot their northern opponents 144 to 99 in 4 games and narrowly won the overall faceoff battle 122 to 112. The Wild did manage to draw more penalties and to lay more hits (93 to 87).
Like I said, there's no good reason to leave points on the table now. After tonight, Detroit doesn't play again until Friday. After this relatively weird October schedule, November and December get tough and they won't have as much time to rest and recoup.
Drew Miller is the scratch tonight, as Holmstrom will skate with Emmerton and Eaves on the fourth line. Minnesota will have that horribly dirty slasher Pierre-Marc Bouchard in their lineup tonight. ;)