Preview: The Oilers (1-0-0) won their season opener Sunday in dramatic fashion -- a home shootout victory over the Penguins. Edmonton has had three days off to prepare for the prospect of beating the Xcel Energy Center jinx. Speaking of which: The Oilers haven't won a game in Minnesota since January 2007. Since then? Sixteen Wild victories in a row, and that includes season home sweeps the past three seasons. The Wild, 1-0-0 at home, returns after a two-game road trip east that included a one-goal loss against the N.Y. Islanders and a shootout loss in Ottawa.
Players to watch: Pierre-Marc Bouchard returns to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension. That should add some offense to the second line. More importantly, it should put some life back into a Wild power play that went 1-for-9 on the two-game trip. LW Dany Heatley (one goal, two assists) leads the Wild in points, with five other players having two points each. Bouchard leads the Wild with 38 (10-28-38) points in 38 games vs. Edmonton. Last season Bouchard had nine points, C Mikko Koivu had eight and C Matt Cullen had six. Center Ryan Smyth leads the Oilers with 35 points in 51 games vs. the Wild.
Numbers: Wild G Niklas Backstrom is 18-2-1 with a 1.74 GAA, a .935 save percentage and four shutouts in 23 starts vs. Edmonton. At home those numbers are even better: 14-0-0, 1.21 and .954.
Injuries: Wild D Mike Lundin (back) Cody Almond (back) are on injured reserve. For Edmonton, D Ryan Whitney (ankle), LW Ben Eager (concussion), C Sam Gagner (ankle) and D Taylor Fedun (broken leg) are on injured reserve.
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson||8|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||4|
|Milwaukee - WP: J. Henderson||8||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Grilli||7|
|Atlanta - WP: E. Santana||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Colon||5|
|NY Yankees - LP: I. Nova||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||16|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||7|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana||3||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: C. Lewis||6|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|Arizona - LP: M. Bolsinger||6||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: D. Haren||8|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||3|
|Sporting Kansas City||4|
|Real Salt Lake||1|
Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?