|Expect Holtby to get right back in there Sunday.|
Matt Hackett is the tentative starter for the Wild in goal this evening after Josh Harding lost last night in Buffalo. Hackett, who has spent most of the year in the AHL, is 3-5-0 on the campaign with a 2.30 GAA, .927 save percentage, and zero shutouts; he has a .943 save percentage away from the XCel Energy Center this year. Outside the crease, the Wild have several injuries. Defenseman Jared Spurgeron (concussion), winger Guillame Latendresse (concussion), and forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) are all out. Other than that; Minnesota is healthy.
After Michal Neuvirth lost on Friday, I would expect Braden Holtby to get the call from Dale Hunter. Holbty has only made three starts this year and is 1-1-1 with a 2.94 GAA, .906 save percentage, and zero shutouts. He has never faced the Wild in his career. On the injury front, the Caps are still without center Nicklas Backstrom, who is not playing because of a concussion but has resumed practicing in recent weeks. Joel Ward, who was on crutches Friday but is now reportedly off them, is almost certain not to play. That means that there will be no healthy scratch barring a call up Sunday morning. On defense, I would expect Dmitry Orlov to return to the lineup after being scratched for the previous weeks games, meaning that Jeff Schultz and John Erskine would be healthy scratches.
Puck drops 5:09-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.