FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: The streaking Wild will go for their eighth consecutive win Friday night in Dallas. The man who has been in net for every one of the previous seven victories, Niklas Backstrom, was left at home in Minneapolis and will likely get the nod Saturday against Los Angeles. Backstrom, who has started 16 of Minnesota's last 17 games, is simply getting a rest.
"We have been riding him hard. " coach Mike Yeo said. "I think (the rest) is well-deserved."
Matt Hackett will make his season debut with Minnesota. Hackett went 3-6-0 with a 2.37 GAA last season with the Wild. He set a record for the longest shutout streak to start a career at 102:48. Yeo wants to see his young goalie perform how he did last season.
"All I am hoping to see is what he came up and did last year," the coach said. "He played very good hockey for us last year, and we have seen him do that both at this level and at the American Hockey League level, so we are anxious to get him in a game."