Update: Defenseman Nate Prosser will make his season debut and Christian Folin will be scratched. Yeo said he's not unhappy with Folin's game. He just feels it's important to keep everybody involved and "training camp’s a waste if you go three weeks without playing a game."
It's part of the reason Darcy Kuemper is scheduled to make his first start tomorrow at the Kings. I'll write about that in Friday's paper.
Also, I'll be on KFAN at 4:30 p.m. CT and on Fox Sports North during Wild Live and the first intermission tonight.
Finally, the Wild has a game day.
For the second year in a row, the NHL provided the Wild with what felt like a bye week just two games into the season.
Off since Saturday beating the Blues this time around, the Wild plays three games in four days on the road before having another three days off before finally playing at home again next Thursday against the 0-4 Blue Jackets.
Good day from steamy Arizona, where it topped 100 degrees the past two days. Hopefully the ice won't be slush tonight, although that may be one way to slow down the surprising Coyotes.
The Coyotes opened the season last week with back-to-back road-home wins at Los Angeles and vs. Pittsburgh and will try to achieve a similar feat tonight. Last night, they won in Anaheim, 4-0, and tonight host the 2-0 Wild. At 3-0, this is the Coyotes' best start since 2003-04. The Coyotes have yet to trail in a game and have outscored opponents 10-2.
Mike Smith stopped 37 shots in the shutout and has now stopped 104 of 106 shots.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who makes his first return to Arizona tonight since the Coyotes traded him to Minnesota on Jan. 14 (read my feature on that here), talks to Smith quite a bit and went on a golf outing with Smith and other NHLers' last summer in Ireland.
Dubnyk loves that Smith is making a resurgence after a tough season last year. "It’s awesome," Dubnyk said. "I watched the third period of the game against Pittsburgh when I got home on Saturday, and geez, he was unbelievable just in those 20 minutes. He’s got so much talent and he’s a great person, so he was a great partner for me to have and I’m really happy to see him doing well, maybe just not as well on Thursday."
It's not known yet if Smith is playing tonight.
The Coyotes have a number of threats and look fast. Anthony Duclair, acquired from the Rangers in the Keith Yandle deal, became the first Coyotes rookie since 2008 to have a hat trick last night. They also have Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the back end and Max Domi, Tie's boy, looking great with two multi-point games out of three.
For the Wild, right wing Justin Fontaine will make his season debut inside an arena he once had a hat trick.
Every other line remains the same for Minnesota.
If there's any news from the skates, I'll update the blog afterward. Otherwise, I'll be making my Fox Sports North season debut tonight during the pregame show and first intermission.
Talk to you tonight there and on twitter at www.twitter.com/russostrib.