7 p.m. vs. Boston • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Coyle returns to Xcel for the first time
Preview: One of the Wild’s biggest flaws this season was its inability to win at home, and Thursday’s game is its last chance to get to .500 at Xcel. With a mark of 16-17-7, the Wild is tied with Los Angeles for the fewest home victories in the NHL. The meeting is the first between the Wild and Boston since a trade between the teams that brought F Ryan Donato to Minnesota and sent F Charlie Coyle to Boston.
Players to watch: After tallying nine points in 34 games with Boston, Donato has 16 points in 20 games since the Wild acquired him on Feb. 20. He leads NHL rookies in scoring since Feb. 21. Coyle has two goals and four assists in 19 games since the trade.
Numbers: Wild G Devan Dubnyk tops all NHL goalies with 67 games played this season, tying his career high set in 2015-16. Boston F Brad Marchand earned his 100th point of the season with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 6-2 victory at Columbus.
Injuries: Wild F Mikko Koivu (knee surgery) and D Matt Dumba (torn pectoral muscle) are out. Bruins F Chris Wagner (lower-body injury), F Sean Kuraly (broken hand) and D John Moore (upper-body injury) are out; F Danton Heinen (illness) is day-to-day.