Preview: The Wild is 1-1-2 on its five-game, 12-day trip that ends Wednesday in a city where the team is 3-6 all-time. The Wild is 9-8 all-time vs. the Maple Leafs, having scored one goal or fewer in seven of the eight losses. In its nine victories, the team has outscored the Leafs 28-12. The Wild beat the Leafs at home, 3-2, on Oct. 20. Overall, the Leafs are 4-1 in their past five home games, outscoring their opponents 23-10 (four goals or more in the four wins).
Players to watch: Wild G Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL with four shutouts, a .945 save percentage and a 1.63 goals-against average. C Mikko Koivu has four goals in his past six games and seven points in his past seven games. LW Nino Niederreiter has seven points in his past seven games. C Eric Staal has no goals in 12 games but has 22 goals and 46 points in 42 games against Toronto. RW Jason Pominville has 50 points in 57 games against the Maple Leafs, his highest point total against any opponent. Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews is second among NHL rookies with 11 goals and tied for second with teammate Mitchell Marner with 19 points. G Frederik Andersen will start. He’s 2-1 against the Wild with a 2.67 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Numbers: The Maple Leafs rank fifth in the NHL at 3.00 goals per game and 28th at 3.08 goals against per game; the Wild is 10th at 2.75 goals per game and tied for first at 2.04 goals against per game. … The Wild is 0-for-9 on the power play on the road trip and has given up four power-play goals.
Injuries: Wild D Christian Folin (knee) and C Zac Dalpe (knee) are out. Maple Leafs LW Joffrey Lupul (hip) is out and C Nazem Kadri (sick) is questionable. C Peter Holland is out, told to stay home and await a trade.