(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild return home after a long four game trip out west. It started out with wins in Edmonton and San Jose and ended with a pair of losses over the weekend in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The loss in L.A. ended the third longest win streak in franchise history at eight straight victories. However, the Wild open a three game homestand tonight – a place the Wild have won 10 of 12 this season and have won six straight. The homestand will feature the Hurricanes tonight, the Sabres on Thursday and wrap up against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. Tonight it’s the Wild and Canes and the puck will drop at 7 P-M from Xcel Energy Center.
But game one of that homestand has a cloud of uncertainty around it. After falling to the Canucks in Vancouver on Sunday, the Hurricanes announced Monday that two of their players and a staff member have been placed in Covid protocol. Star center Sebastian Aho and rookie Seth Jarvis stayed in Vancouver and most likely will be removed from action for at least the next 10 days. As of now the game will go on as scheduled but there’s but an uptick in cases in both the NHL and NBA that’s caused postponements in both leagues.