TUESDAY’S STORY LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming into Minnesota on the second night of a back-to-back. They also faced travel issues and weren’t able to leave Columbus on Monday night due to fog at the Minneapolis airport. The Jackets flew into the Twin Cities on Tuesday afternoon, but Wild coach Mike Yeo doesn’t expect the Blue Jackets to be affected.
“I think the fog probably helped them last night,” he said. “I think it’s actually easier to stay in your own bed get a good night sleep, probably woke up at a good time today. It’s not like the flight is so long that they are going to lose their legs along the way. It is a non-issue. I know they are going to come in and play hard.”
Columbus is coming in confident after a 2-1 victory over Dallas. The Wild, who are on a three-game losing streak, want to come out fast and get their confidence level up as well.
“We want to get a good feeling back on the bench,” forward Kyle Brodziak said. “You know when we start games well you get that good feeling on the bench, and it’s something to build off of.”
The Wild aren’t only looking to start well, but they are looking to play a consistent game. Minnesota played well in spurts Sunday against St. Louis but wasn’t able to put together a complete game and the result was a loss.
“We need just to focus on ourselves tonight,” forward Devin Setoguchi said. “For us it is just to get off to a good start and maintain it the whole game. We haven’t really put together a full 60. We need to get to that point where we can just start to finish and play our game.”
HE SAID IT: “In part it is (Brodin) and the job that he has done and the way that he has played, but a lot of it I think is that (Clayton) Stoner and (Tom Gilbert), we like them as a pair, and let’s get back to that. Let’s see how Brodes can do up there, and with Marco (Scandella) and (Justin) Falk,that is two big bodies, two guys that can skate and should be a tough pairing to play against.” – Mike Yeo on his decision to move rookie Jonas Brodin to the top defense pairing with Ryan Suter