Wild’s WEEK AHEAD

Monday: 7 p.m. vs. Los Angeles

Saturday: 7 p.m. vs. Nashville

Sunday: 6:30 p.m. vs. Boston

Mon. and Sun. NBCSN, Sat. FNS Plus

 

Player to watch: Pekka Rinne, Predators

The Nashville goaltender is having a stellar season and since he ranks among NHL leaders in wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts, Rinne has to be a front-runner for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie.

VOICES

“The timing isn’t great. With the toughness of our schedule that’s coming up and where we are in the playoff push, we’d certainly love to have Jared Spurgeon with us. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s not, and we’re not going to use it as an excuse.”

Coach Bruce Boudreau on losing Spurgeon for at least a month while he recovers from a partial tear in his right hamstring.