Game #79: Boston Bruins (53-18-7) vs. Minnesota Wild (41-16-12)
Location: Xcel Energy Center
Time: 8:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN+/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will battle the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night. The game marks the second and final meeting between the two sides this season. Boston defeated Minnesota back on Mar. 17 at TD Garden, 4-1.
The Bruins are 7-1-2 in their last ten games and had dropped two in a row prior to defeating the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. They locked up the Eastern Conference’s top overall seed with the win. Boston leads the St. Louis Blues by two points in the race for the President’s Trophy.
The Wild are entwined in the heat of the Western Conference playoff race. They currently hold a five point lead over the Dallas Stars for the seventh overall seed. Minnesota is fresh off back-to-back shutout wins. They blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. They are 5-3-2 in their last ten games.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Jarome Iginla powered Boston to victory, scoring a pair of goals. Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith also scored for the Bruins in the win. Tuukka Rask stopped 34 of 35 shots. Matt Moulson scored Minnesota’s lone goal.
Rask is expected in net after a two day layoff in between games. Kevan Miller and Iginla will likely sit the contest out. They are said to be nursing minor injuries and are day-to-day according to Claude Julien.
Milan Lucic and Eriksson will look to build upon strong showings in Philadelphia. Lucic scored two goals in Boston’s 5-2 win. Eriksson tallied four assists. Minnesota’s goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, will look to duplicate his prior game’s performance in which he pitched a shutout.
Minnesota can clinch a playoff spot by earning just one point in the tilt.