Vegas is coming off an exciting 7-3 win against Pittsburgh and is looking to keep up with the San Jose Sharks, who remain one point ahead of the Knights in the Pacific Division standings.
The Knights won the Oct. 6 meeting against Minnesota in a shootout but are hoping for more offense this afternoon. Alex Tuch will be particularly motivated to contribute to that effort as he squares off against his former team.
Minnesota has lost four of its last seven games but is coming off a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. The Wild recently made two trades, acquiring Pontus Aberg from Anaheim and Victor Rask from Carolina in a surprising move that sent Nino Niederreiter to the Hurricanes. Both are skating with Zach Parise on the Wild’s third line.
Here are the projected lineups for both clubs:
Marchessault — Karlsson — Pirri
Pacioretty — Stastny — Tuch
Lindberg — Eakin — Carpenter
Nosek — Bellemare — Reaves
McNabb — Schmidt
Theodore — Engelland
Holden — Miller
Greenway (#18) — Staal (#12) — Coyle (#3)
Zucker (#16) — Koivu (#9) — Granlund (#64)
Parise (#11) — Rask (#49) — Aberg (#26)
Foligno (#17) — Eriksson Ek (#14) — Kunin (#19)
Suter (#20) — Spurgeon (#46)
Brodin (#25) — Belpedio (#47)
Seeler (#26) — Pateryn (#29)
ICYMI, check out the preview for today’s tilt.
Also, here is the preview from Hockey Wilderness, the SB Nation site for the Minnesota Wild.