7 p.m. vs. New Jersey • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: A battle between the highest-scoring team in the West (Wild scores 3.26 goals per game) and the lowest-scoring team in the East (Devils score 2.18). The Wild is 13-4-1 against the East after going 13-16-3 against the conference last season. The Wild is 14-4 at home, 17-1-1 in its past 19 games overall and has points in 23 of its past 25 (19-2-4). It leads the Western Conference with 28 wins, 61 points and a .726 points percentage. The Devils, who have won a pair of 2-1 games in a row and beat the Wild 2-1 in overtime in October, have scored more than three goals only once since Dec. 3; the Wild has done so nine times in the same span.
Players to watch: Wild LW Nino Niederreiter has three goals in the past three games. RW Mikael Granlund has 23 points in the past 23 games. LW Zach Parise has one goal and five points in six games against the team he once captained. G Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL with a 1.78 goals-against average and .940 save percentage and is 16-1-2 in his past 19 starts. Devils LW Taylor Hall has 12 points in the past 19 games vs. the Wild. Hall and Travis Zajac are tied for the team points lead with 28. RW P.A. Parenteau leads with 12 goals.
Numbers: The Wild has won 11 games when its opponent scores first and leads the NHL with a .647 win percentage in that situation. The Wild won five games last season after trailing 1-0. The Wild’s 13 come-from-behind wins are four more than all of last season.
Injuries: Devils LW Vernon Fiddler (lower body), D John Moore (concussion) and D Andy Greene (wrist) are out.