The great thing about this shortened NHL season is that after a loss, you don’t have to wait too long for a chance to exact some revenge.
Tonight the Wild hosts the Calgary Flames, who handed Minnesota a 3-1 loss on Saturday in Calgary. So, the loss is still fresh on the Wild’s mind.
Minnesota will return rookie Mikael Granlund to the lineup. The forward hopes to celebrate his 21st birthday with a big game and a Wild win. He’ll center Mike Rupp and Torrey Mitchell on the team’s fourth line. Yesterday, Granlund practiced on the top power play unit with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, as Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo attempts to ignite the PP by changing up personnel. Granlund spoke to WildTV about turning 21 and reentering the lineup.
The other change up front, Charlie Coyle will skate on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. The rookie scored his first NHL goal on Saturday against Calgary and should get a few more chances to add to that total with those two. Moving to a line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard is Dany Heatley.
On the blue line, Justin Falk reenters the lineup for Nate Prosser. Falk will be paired with Tom Gilbert, while Clayton Stoner will skate with Jared Spurgeon.
The Wild placed Cal Clutterbuck on Injured Reserve today. He hasn’t skated since suffering a lower body injury on Feb. 21 against Edmonton. Clutterbuck won’t make the upcoming road trip, as the Wild travels to Phoenix tomorrow.