Tonight the Minnesota Wild wrap up their pre-Olympic break schedule by hosting the Nashville Predators. The Wild are coming off a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night which extended their home winning streak to four straight. Darcy Kuemper is expected to get his 12th consecutive start in net. The Wild have taken two of three in the season series with the Predators and have shut them out eight consecutive periods. Opening face off is set for 7 p.m. tonight from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher yesterday announced the Wild has acquired right wing Curt Gogol from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for center Chad Rau. Gogol, 22 (9/21/91), has totaled four points (3-1=4) and 149 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL) this season, ranking seventh amongst all American Hockey League players in PIM. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Calgary, Alta., totaled six points (4-2=6) and 139 PIM in 38 games with the Worcester last season, and 10 points (6-4=10) and 167 PIM in 53 games in 2011-12. Rau, 27 (1/18/87), has totaled seven points (1-6=7) in 33 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) this season. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has played with Minnesota?s AHL affiliate during the last five seasons. He totaled two goals in nine NHL games with Minnesota in 2011-12.
Veilleux on Waivers
Wednesday the Minnesota Wild put forward Stephane Veilleux on waivers. If he clears this morning, he’s expected to join the Iowa Wild in Des Moines of the Amercian Hockey League.