The Minnesota Wild are on a roll with their new head coach. In the two games since the Evason-for-Hynes swap happened behind the bench the Wild have dominated on the score board. A 3-1 victory over the annoying divisional Blues, and then a powerful 6-1 win over the Predators. Great.
Now, they are hosting Connor Bedard and his Chicago Blackhawks, who are going through it right now. They did just acquire Anthony Beauvillier, but he is still having issues with a U.S. visa, so he is out of the lineup, and they are scratching the young and talented Lukas Reichel. The lineup is still not cemented, but that roster does not look good.
So, it would be the perfect opportunity for the Wild to have their first loss under Hynes, just because hockey works that way.
Ryan Hartman is back from suspension and on the fourth line, as all three lines in the top-nine have been clicking. Now, he gets to face his old team. And speaking of former Blackhawks, Marc-Andre Fleury will be in between the pipes.
When: 1:00 p.m. CT
Where: Xcel Energy Center
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: KFAN 100.3
Projected Wild lineup
Kirill Kaprizov -- Marco Rossi -- Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Johansson -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Boldy
Marcus Foligno -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Patrick Maroon
Brandon Duhaime -- Connor Dewar -- Ryan Hartman
Jonas Brodin -- Brock Faber
Jake Middleton -- Jared Spurgeon
Alex Goligoski -- Zach Bogosian
Projected Blackhawks lineup
Cole Guttman -- Connor Bedard -- Philipp Kurashev
Jason Dickinson -- Tyler Johnson -- Taylor Raddysh
Nick Foligno -- Ryan Donato -- Joey Anderson
Ross Johnson -- Boris Katchouk -- MacKenzie Entwistle
Alex Vlasic -- Seth Jones
Kevin Korchinski -- Connor Murphy
Jarred Tinordi -- Louis Crevier
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