7 p.m. VS. OTTAWA • XCEL CENTER • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild, coming off a road sweep at Nashville and Colorado, has won six of its past seven at home. The Wild is 13-2-1 since the All-Star break and 15-3-2 in 20 games since trading for goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Senators have won five in a row.
Players to watch: Newly-acquired F Chris Stewart and D Jordan Leopold are expected to make their Wild debuts and LW Sean Bergenheim his home debut. Dubnyk is expected to make his 21st consecutive start, setting a franchise record. He was the NHL's First Star of the Month, going 11-2-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in February. LW Erik Haula has two goals and two assists and is plus-5 his past two games. D Erik Karlsson leads the Senators with 47 points, which is fourth among NHL defensemen. LW Mike Hoffman has come out of nowhere to lead with 23 goals and a plus-23.
Numbers: The Wild is 27-6-3 when it scores first and has scored first in 13 of 16 games since the All-Star break. … The Wild has killed 43 of 44 opposing power plays in 16 games since the All-Star break.
Injuries: Wild D Marco Scandella (undisclosed) is questionable. D Jared Spurgeon (head), LW Jason Zucker (collarbone), LW Ryan Carter (upper body), LW Matt Cooke (sports hernia) and D Keith Ballard (concussion) are out. Senators D Chris Phillips (undisclosed), RW Chris Neil (thumb), F Zack Smith (wrist), G Robin Lehner (concussion) and LW Clarke MacArthur (concussion) are out.