The Wild Beat

The Wild Beat

With plenty of rest on the horizon, the Wild is tabbing goalie Devan Dubnyk to finish out the team’s back-to-back Sunday against the Canucks before the team pauses for its bye week.

Dubnyk made 32 saves Saturday in the 4-1 win over the Jets.

“Well, so far, I’ve decided to go back to Devan,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, referring to the fact Dubnyk is awaiting the arrival of a baby boy.

Since this is the team’s second game in as many nights, the start figures to be key.

The Wild put a franchise-record 23 shots on goal in the first period Saturday, setting the tone for its eventual win over a division rival, and another effective opening frame would go a long way against a rested Canucks squad.

“I think it’s going to be important because they’re knowing that we played an emotional game yesterday,” Boudreau said. “… They’re going to be sitting there hoping we’re not ready to play against them. But hopefully that’s not the case. Hopefully we come out and we realize the last two games in this building they’ve beaten us 1-0 and 2-1. We haven’t respected them as much as we should have. When they get their lineup together, they’re pretty good. They’re starting to get healthy again, so I expect them to be very good tonight.”

Actually, translating the team’s entire strategy against the Jets might be best.

Aside from the start, the Wild limited its trips to the penalty box, capitalized on the power play and had multiple lines in a groove in the offensive zone – all this in addition to timely stops by Dubnyk.

“It's got to be back to work, back to grinding them down, especially against a team like Vancouver that has some nifty players,” winger Marcus Foligno said. “They just beat Columbus,too, so they're feeling good about themselves. We have to make sure we close it out going into the break.”

Projected lineup:

Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund

Tyler Ennis-Eric Staal-Zach Parise

Marcus Foligno-Charlie Coyle-Joel Eriksson Ek

Daniel Winnik-Matt Cullen-Chris Stewart

Ryan Suter- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba

Gustav Olofsson-Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Key numbers:

25: Goals for the Wild over its last six home games.

104:Points among the Wild’s defensemen, which ranks tied for second in the NHL.

9:Goals for defenseman Matt Dumba, who’s tied for second among NHL blue liners.

25.4: The Canucks’ efficiency on the power play on the road, which is the second-best clip in the league.

22:Goals for Burnsville native and Canucks rookie Brock Boeser.

About the Canucks:

Vancouver is second-to-last in the Western Conference with just 40 points. It snapped a five-game slide with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets Friday. The Canucks have been led offensively by Boeser, who has amassed 40 points and is headed to the All-Star Game. A first-period lead has been key to the team’s success, as it’s 7-0-1 when ahead after one. But when the team is behind after two, the Canucks are 1-18-2.

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