More than 130 minutes.
That’s how long it’s been since a Wild forward has scored a goal, a skid the team is looking to end Tuesday when it resumes its four-game road trip in Ottawa against the Senators.
“We got a lot of forwards that are in a slump I would say as far as that goes,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Don’t forget this team was second in the league in scoring last year, so they’re feeling it more than they should.”
The blue line has been responsible for the Wild’s last three goals over the past two games and while the team has generated a healthy 59 shots over that span, execution has been minimal.
Perhaps a reshuffled look will be the spark.
During the team’s morning skate Tuesday, wingers Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund were reunited with captain Mikko Koivu – last season’s juggernaut up front – and Eric Staal centered wingers Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle.
Winger Marcus Foligno will also be back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday against the Blackhawks, the second time he’s been a healthy scratch in the past three games.
“Just passion,” Boudreau said of his message to Foligno. “Do what you do. Your game is up and down, hitting guys and driving the net. I didn’t see a lot of passion in your last game. I know he cares as much as anybody or probably more than most. He’s struggling a little bit, but sometimes all it is is one good hit that gets you out of it.”
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter-Eric Staal-Charlie Coyle
Daniel Winnik-Joel Eriksson Ek-Chris Stewart
Marcus Foligno-Matt Cullen-Tyler Ennis
Ryan Suter- Matt Dumba
Jonas Brodin-Jared Spurgeon
Mike Reilly-Nate Prosser
2-1-2: The Wild’s record in its last five trips to Canadian Tire Centre.
19: Consecutive penalty kills for the Wild over its last four games.
5: Points for center Eric Staal in his last five games.
3: Goals for defenseman Matt Dumba in his last two games.
9: Home goals for Senators winger Mark Stone.
About the Senators:
After making it all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year before getting knocked out by the Penguins, the Senators have struggled this season. They’re near the bottom of the conference with just 29 points. But the team has been on the upswing lately. It’s won two in a row, including the outdoor NHL 100 Classic against the Canadiens Saturday. Ottawa shut out Montreal in that game 3-0.