Morning from St. Paul, where the Wild (nine regulation losses and points in 20 of its last 22 games) and Habs (10 regulation losses) face off tonight.
See yesterday's blog for a lot more details on tonight's game, but Montreal blew out Winnipeg, 7-4, last night, and tonight will be Round 2 of Devan Dubnyk vs. Carey Price.
The Wild and Dubnyk won the first meeting in Montreal three weeks ago.
Same Wild lineup tonight, meaning same lines as the game in Anaheim:
Dubnyk is tied for second in the NHL with 21 wins, Price tied for fifth with 20. Dubnyk leads the NHL with 1.80 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. Price ranks sixth with a 2.12 goals-against average and fifth with a .928 save percentage.
Mikko Koivu has 10 goals and 22 points in the past 22 games. Eric Staal, who scored the shorthanded winner in the third period in Montreal last month, has 20 goals and 39 points in 43 games vs. Montreal.
The Wild’s power play has scored in nine of the past 11 games and has climbed to tied for 13th in the NHL (19.1 percent). Its penalty kill ranks fourth (85.8 percent).
If you didn't see, here is the story from my sitdown with owner Craig Leipold in California.
I'll be on NHL Network at 3:15 p.m. CT and on Sportsnet in Montreal during the first intermission.
Tonight's Star Tribune pregame gathered with the The Wes Walz and me is sold out, but here's the link for the Feb. 14 and March 5 packages.
Also, here's the link for the latest Russo-Souhan Show yesterday at Hell's Kitchen. All of these can be seen live on the restaurant's Facebook page, by the way. Our next live video show feature me, Souhan and Lavelle E. Neal III, and it's tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. at Hell's Kitchen.