Mike Yeo said today that he needs someone to step up on the second line to get some scoring going. Besides Matt Cooke and a little Dany Heatley, most of MInnesota's goals in the past week and a half have came from the top line of Pominville, Parise and Koivu. Yeo will shake up the lineup a bit tonight as forward Brett Bulmer will make his season debut agaionst the San Jose Sharks.
The Wild brass have been praising Bulmer and his excellent play down in Iowa. In 21 games, he has 9 goals and 3 assists, with a minus 2 rating. Bulmer has good size and plays both sides of the puck really well. The Wild have been in a rut lately, unable to play a full 60 minute game, which has caused them to fall behind and have to play an uphill battle throughout the remainder of games.
The Wild need to find a way to execute on the road. They have lost four straight away from St. Paul, getting outscored 12 to 3 in those four road losses. Josh Harding continues to be excellent between the pipes and continues to give the Wild a chance to win each game. Minnesota has averaged just 1.85 goals a game on the road and any hockey expert knows, that just doesn't cut it. Hopefully Bulmer can create a spark in that 2nd line tonight and maybe light a fire in the rest of the team.