If the Minnesota Wild could draw up a perfect opponent to shake off the icky stench that was caused by losing 6-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers, it would be the current day Washington Capitals.
Plainly, the Caps look absolutely brutal. Down at the bottom of the Metropolitan division with a 2-3-1 record, Washington has struggled in almost every major category that helps you win hockey games. Ovechkin had to will himself and shoot 14(!) shots on goal to get his first goal of the season on Tuesday -- and has scored his second since then -- but he suffered his first consecutive games without any shots earlier in the season. Something is off for the Capitals and it really feels like their entire purpose for the next few seasons is for Ovechkin to break the all-time goals record, and then winning can maybe be a bonus.
Now, the defensively inept Wild get to enjoy some relaxing play as the Caps have struggled heavily to get their season going and Minnesota could use any bonus right now.
Jujhar Khaira is coming out of the lineup and the Wild are going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen as Daemon Hunt gets to make his NHL debut. We are extremely stoked to see him!
When: 6:00 p.m. CT
Where: Capital One Arena
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: KFAN 100.3
Projected Wild lineup
Kirill Kaprizov — Ryan Hartman — Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Johansson — Joel Eriksson Ek — Patrick Maroon
Marcus Foligno — Marco Rossi– Vinni Lettieri
Connor Dewar — Brandon Duhaime
Jonas Brodin — Calen Addison
Jake Middleton — Brock Faber
Dakota Mermis — Jon Merrill
Projected Capitals lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Dylan Strome -- Tom Wilson
Sonny Milano -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
Connor McMichael -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Anthony Mantha
Beck Malenstyn -- Aliaksei Protas -- Matthew Phillips
Martin Fehervary -- John Carlson
Rasmus Sandin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Alexander Alexeyev -- Nick Jensen
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