THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: With captain Mikko Koivu out, Wild coach Mike Yeo will experiment with a new the top line Thursday night in Toronto. Warren Peters will center the No. 1 line of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi.
The first line is a big jump for Peters who has mostly been a third- and fourth-line center and has played in only 62 NHL games. Still, Yeo points out that the 29-year-old has played in more than 400 AHL games.
Peters is a defensive-minded center who owns an impressive 56.2 percent faceoff winning percentage this season. His attention to defense is expected to free up Heatley and Setoguchi in the offensive zone.
"I need to get pucks back and let them do the creative side of it," Peters said Thursday.
Yeo just wants Peters to stick to what he does best.
"He has pretty good idea of what his foundation is as a player and the way he has to play the game. It is not an easy thing for a player to all of a sudden get thrown upon a line with Dany Heatley and Devin Setogu...