7 p.m. vs. Carolina • Xcel Energy Center • FSN (100.3-FM)
Hurricanes on fringe of final playoff spot
Preview: The Wild concludes a quick two-game homestand against the Hurricanes, who defeated the Wild 5-4 in a shootout Oct. 7. The team’s 52 points on home ice is the most in the NHL. Carolina had a three-game point streak end Sunday with a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg. That put the team two points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Players to watch: Winger Teuvo Teravainen has scored in a career-high four consecutive games. Winger Sebastian Aho leads the team in goals with 23. In 30 career games against the Wild, winger Justin Williams has 20 points. … The 34 goals by the Wild’s Eric Staal left him six behind league leader Alexander Ovechkin entering Monday.
Numbers: The Wild won four in a row against the Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild’s 38 points since the calendar flipped to 2018 are the second-most in the Western Conference. Teravainen and Aho have combined for 21 points in their past 12 games. Hurricanes C Jordan Staal has won 55.8 percent of faceoffs.
Injuries: Hurricanes F Joakim Nordstrom (upper body) is day-to-day; Wild D Nick Seeler missed practice Monday after he was sore from his first NHL fight Sunday, with Detroit’s Luke Witkowski, but coach Bruce Boudreau is hopeful Seeler plays Tuesday night.