7 p.m. vs. Ottawa • Xcel Energy Center • FSN Plus, 100.3-FM
Senators have been a tough opponent for Wild
Preview: The Wild, which has snagged eight of a possible 30 points in March, is 2-9-2 in its past 13 and coming off consecutive overtime losses to Detroit and Washington. … After winning six in a row, the Senators are 2-3-3 in their past eight. Since 2003-04, Ottawa has the best points percentage of any NHL team against the Wild (.786). The Wild is 2-5-2 all-time at home vs. Ottawa.
Players to watch: G Alex Stalock has been called up from Iowa and will make his Wild debut. Stalock was 20-16-7 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .924 save percentage at Iowa. He played 62 games over five seasons for San Jose. C Eric Staal’s 10 goals since March is tied for second-most in the NHL in that span. He leads the Wild with 27 goals and has 39 points in 44 meetings with Ottawa. LW Nino Niederreiter has no goals in the past 16 games, one in the past 21. … Senators captain Erik Karlsson is second among NHL defensemen with 68 points and he scorches the Wild: 16 points in 10 games. RW Bobby Ryan has 25 points in 26 all-time games vs. the Wild. LW Alex Burrows’ 102 penalty minutes against Minnesota is third-most all-time. C Kyle Turris leads the Senators with 26 goals.
Numbers: Since March 1, the Wild ranks 30th in the NHL in save percentage (.879), 28th in goals against per game (3.20), 29th in shooting percentage (.071), 24th in penalty killing (76.2 percent), tied for 24th in goals per game (2.33) and 26th on the power play (10.9 percent).
Injuries: Wild LW Zach Parise (upper body) is out. … Senators RW Chris Neil (finger) and D Marc Methot (finger) are out; LW Viktor Stalberg (upper body) is questionable.