8 P.M. at edmonton • REXALL PLACE • FSN PLUS, 100.3 FM
Preview: The Wild is 4-1-1 since injuries to Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter and now has to deal with defenseman Jared Spurgeon being sidelined with a head injury (the team hasn’t announced a call-up, but Christian Folin didn’t play for Iowa at Charlotte on Thursday night. The Wild is 9-1-1 since the All-Star break, a streak that began Jan. 27 in Edmonton. It has won nine of its past 10 in Edmonton.
Players to watch: Former Oilers G Devan Dubnyk will make his 16th consecutive start for Minnesota. The Wild is 11-2-2 since his acquisition from Arizona. He is 11-2-1 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. He is 4-0 this year against the Oilers with a 0.96 GAA and .966 save percentage. C Mikko Koivu has 13 points in his past 15 games. Oilers first overall pick Nail Yakupov has three goals and six points in his past five games. Ben Scrivens will start in goal.
Numbers: The Wild is 29-for-29 on the penalty kill in 11 games since the All-Star break. It has outscored opponents 20-6 in the 15 first periods since Dubnyk’s arrival. The Wild has scored first in 10 of the past 11 games.
Injuries: The Wild’s Spurgeon, Zucker (collarbone), Carter (upper body), LW Matt Cooke (sports hernia) and D Keith Ballard (concussion) are out. Oilers C Taylor Hall (leg), G Viktor Fasth (knee), D Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) and RW Tyler Pitlick (spleen) are out.