7 p.m. vs. Phoenix • Xcel Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild, after a 2-2 road trip and coming off a 3-0 loss at St. Louis, returns home to play four of its next five. It has won six in a row at home and 10 of its past 11 after an 0-0-2 start. Phoenix, sitting in eighth in the West, is 0-2-1 in its past three. This is the first meeting.
Players to watch: G Niklas Backstrom is expected to start for Minnesota. He is 13-9 with a 2.19 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and three shutouts in 22 starts against Phoenix. C Mikko Koivu has 13 points in the past 10 games. F Nino Niederreiter has eight points in his past 12 games. Coyotes D Oliver-Ekman Larsson is tied for eighth among defensemen with 17 points. C Martin Hanzal leads with 20 points in 21 games.
Numbers: The Wild is 6-6-3 against .500 or better teams, 9-0-1 against below .500 teams. …. The Wild has allowed 26 5-on-5 goals, fewest in the NHL. … The Coyotes rank fourth in the NHL at 3.17 goals per game but surprisingly rank 27th at 3.17 goals against per game.
Injuries: Wild leading scorer Zach Parise (foot) is out. D Keith Ballard (broken ribs) is probable. G Josh Harding (leg), C Mikael Granlund (upper body) and RW Torrey Mitchell (leg) are questionable. Coyotes LW Shane Doan (lower body), who leads with 11 goals, and D Zbynek Michalek (lower body) are questionable. LW Lauri Korpikoski (upper body) is out.
|St. Louis - LP: K. Siegrist||6||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm||7|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||4||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda||6|
|Arizona||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Washington||4||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Boston||3||Top 8th Inning|
|San Diego||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Oakland||1||Bottom 6th Inning|
|NY Mets||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Miami||0||Top 7th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||8||Top 6th Inning|
|Cleveland||3||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||0||Top 5th Inning|
|Detroit - D. Smyly||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - T. Skaggs|
|Baltimore - K. Gausman||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - F. Hernandez|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Lincecum|
|Chivas USA||0||1st Half 35:00|
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|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|San Antonio||78||4th Qtr 0:10|