The Montreal Canadiens and our Minnesota Wild are in similar spots. Both teams are at .500 in points percentage or above, but are also still multiple spots behind Wild Card position. They are scraping and clawing to try and steal as many points as they can to attempt to make the playoffs.
Both teams have their stars as young players who should be with the team for the next decade, and have the rest of their roster filled with veteran presence. Montreal is just trying to appear in the playoffs once again, while Minnesota is trying to not lose its claim to a long-held spot.
Big-picture sentiments out of the way, the Wild are hosting a Canadiens has lacked some firepower, but should still be a sizeable test for the entire roster.
When: 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Xcel Energy Center
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: KFAN 100.3
Projected Wild lineup
Kirill Kaprizov -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Boldy
Marcus Foligno -- Marco Rossi -- Ryan Hartman
Marcus Johansson -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Patrick Maroon
Brandon Duhaime -- Connor Dewar -- Vinni Lettieri
Jake Middleton -- Brock Faber
Alex Goligoski -- Zach Bogosian
Jon Merrill -- Daemon Hunt
Projected Canadiens lineup
Cole Caufield -- Nick Suzuki -- Juraj Slafkovsky
Sean Monahan -- Jake Evasn -- Josh Anderson
Joel Armia -- Christian Dvorak -- Brendan Gallagher
Emil Heineman -- Mitchell Stephens -- Jesse Ylonen
Mike Matheson -- David Savard
Kaiden Guhle -- Justin Barron
Jayden Struble -- Johnathan Kovacevic
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