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  • Wild @ Oilers: Game preview, how to watch, projected lineups


    After 6 weeks of truly dreadful hockey, miserable losses, and simmering frustrations that got coach Mike Yeo fired, the Wild could come back to Minnesota tonight with an honest-to-God winning streak. A win tonight makes it 3 in a row for the Wild, a feat they haven't accomplished in over two months.

    I know, I know. It's weird to think it was possible, but here we are. All they have to do is dispel the woeful Edmonton Oilers tonight. Pretty easy, right?

    Thing is, the Oilers might be one of those teams that are out of the playoffs, but suddenly click and go on a meaningless second-half run that gives their fans some hope (think Columbus last year). Since the calendar flipped to 2016, Edmonton's actually done decently in the possession battle, controlling a respectable 49.4% of the shots.

    McDavid's having an historically great season right now. When you look at players who've debuted at teenagers in the last 30 years, the only players to exceed his current 1.19 Points per Game pace are Sidney Crosby and Eric Lindros. Let's not even look at the past, let's look at this year. McDavid is 2nd in the NHL in Points per Game now. In a time where scoring is down, this guy is destroying the league. He'll be a treat to watch tonight.

    Anyway, rejoice Wild fans. Not only do you get to see Connor McDavid and a possible winning streak, but you'll get to see it start at 8 PM, which isn't so late. Stop by Hockey Wilderness for more updates throughout the day, as well as our Game Thread tonight.

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