Tonight, the Wild looks to become the first NHL team with seven-straight wins by two or more goals since Boston in December 2008. They will face a Phoenix Coyotes team that is 0-5-1 in its last six games.
At Wild practice today, forward Cal Clutterbuck was skating after he took a nasty fall into the goal post during Monday’s victory in Dallas. Clutterbuck is expected to play tonight and will remain skating alongside Kyle Brodziak and Dany Heatley.
“I’m no worse for the wear,” Clutterbuck said on his fall to WildTV. “The lower part of my leg caught the post pretty hard and I felt a bit of twisting. I was unsure whether or not I wanted to try to stand up.”
“When it happened I probably wouldn’t expect to be able to go back,” Clutterbuck said. “I decided to throw my skate on and see how that would go. It was a lot less painful skating than it was walking. Fortunately for me I was able to skate well enough to compete, so I stayed in the game.”
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom who is 14-3-1 in his past 18 starts, will be in goal for Minnesota tonight.
Defenseman Justin Falk starts tonight and will be skating in his 100th NHL game. He talked to WildTV about the team’s win streak.
“We’ve had the same game plan all year long, for the first dozen games or so it was just finding that consistency, that belief it will work for the full 60 minutes of the game,” Falk said. “The past couple of weeks we’re rolling right now and everyone is having fun.”
“It’s a lot of fun when you come to the rink and you’ve been winning games,” Spurgeon said. “We’re trying to take pride in that no matter what happens we’re going to keep playing our game, getting to the offensive zone, and winning those battles.”
“I think you see it in our skates, you can tell the guys our loose,” Yeo said on the win streak. “The one that’s really helped us is having as many games as we’ve had in a short period of time. We haven’t really had the opportunity to feel too good about ourselves, its allowed us to get right back on the horse and focus on the next one.”