National Hockey League
Preview
Boston at Minnesota
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 13, 2016
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ryan Suter has seen his Minnesota Wild spiral in the wrong direction, so much so that the defenseman openly told reporters that he feels the team can't go any lower. Minnesota fans hope Suter's assessment rings true as the sputtering Wild look to snap a seven-game losing skid (0-5-2) when they host the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.

"You usually have to hit rock bottom to go up, and I feel like we've hit rock bottom," Suter told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after the Wild dropped a 4-3 decision to red-hot Washington on Thursday. The setback was the seventh in a row at home (0-4-3) and 12th in 13 games overall (1-10-2) for Minnesota, which finds itself on the outside of the Western Conference postseason picture. Boston, on the other hand, has squeezed into the top eight of the Eastern Conference based on its strong play away from home. Patrice Bergeron, who is questionable to play with an undisclosed injury, tallied twice on Thursday for his fifth multi-goal performance as the Bruins began their season-high six-game road trip with a 6-2 rout of Winnipeg.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSN North (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE BRUINS (29-19-6): Brad Marchand extended his goal streak to five games and added two assists on Thursday for his first three-point performance since Oct. 30. The pesky Nova Scotian leads Boston with 26 goals, just two shy of his career high in 2011-12. Loui Eriksson, who scored and set up a goal versus the Jets, recorded his third career hat trick in the Bruins' 4-2 victory over the Wild on Nov. 19.

ABOUT THE WILD (23-21-10): Devan Dubnyk enjoyed one of the feel-good stories of 2014-15, but this season has told quite a different tale. Last campaign's Vezina Trophy finalist has dropped nine consecutive starts and his 0-5-0 mark and 5.20 goals-against average in his career versus Boston doesn't inspire too much confidence. Dubnyk may not see Jared Spurgeon on the ice, as coach Mike Yeo told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the defenseman is "questionable to doubtful" to play in Saturday's tilt.

OVERTIME

1. Boston is 1-for-20 on the power play in the last six contests.

2. Minnesota D Matt Dumba has scored two goals and set up four others during his five-game point streak.

3. Boston recalled F Joonas Kemppainen from Providence of the American Hockey League on Friday.

PREDICTION: Wild 3, Bruins 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Boston 29-19-5-1 W1 12-14-3-0 17-5-2-1 4-3-0-0 25-16-5-1 14-6-2-0
Minnesota 23-21-8-2 L7 14-9-3-1 9-12-5-1 1-4-0-0 22-17-8-2 9-8-5-0
Last Meeting
Boston Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/19/15 MIN 2 BOS 4 38 24 1-4 26 34 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Boston L. Eriksson 3
Minnesota R. Carter 1
Goals Player  
Boston L. Eriksson 3
Minnesota J. Schroeder 1
Assists Player  
Boston D. Krejci 2
Minnesota R. Carter 1
Saves Player  
Boston J. Gustavsson 24
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 34
Season
Total Points Player  
Boston P. Bergeron 49
Minnesota M. Koivu 41
Goals Player  
Boston B. Marchand 26
Minnesota Z. Parise 19
Assists Player  
Boston D. Krejci 30
Minnesota R. Suter 30
Saves Player  
Boston T. Rask 1157
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 1158
Quickchart Matchup
Boston Off vs  Minnesota Def
2.94 GF
2.48 GA
32 Shots
29 Shots
36 PP
29 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Boston Def
2.46 GF
2.74 GA
29.2 Shots
30.5 Shots
29 PP
31 PK