Wild Gameday


Preview: Having gone winless in six straight games, with a three-game western Canada road swing looming, the Wild finish up a three-game homestand against the Bruins. Boston, which has gone 6-3-1 in its past 10 games, is coming off a 6-2 victory in Winnipeg on Thursday.

Players to watch: Wild LW Zach Parise had two assists Thursday and is two points away from 600 in his career. D Matt Dumba is on a five-game point streak. C Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist Thursday and has five goals in the past eight games. Boston C Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in scoring (21 goals-26 assists-47 points) and is coming off a two-goal game in Winnipeg. LW Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists in that 6-2 victory over the Jets and RW Brett Connolly had three assists.

Numbers: The Wild has allowed four or more goals in five straight games. Boston’s 17 road victories are tied for third most in the NHL this season; they have won five straight on the road. The Wild is winless in seven straight at home (0-4-3) since Dec. 28. A loss Saturday would equal a franchise record set in 2000-01 (0-3-5), when there were ties.

Injuries: Wild D Jonas Brodin (broken foot) is out. D Jared Spurgeon (bruise) is questionable. Bruins D Adam McQuaid (upper body) and LW Chris Kelly (broken leg) are out.