Wild Leap out of Wild Card, Into 3rd Place with Win in Jersey
The Minnesota Wild (33-20-7) beat the New Jersey Devils (31-22-8) 4-2 tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark. With the win the Wild rise above the wild card discussion into 3rd place in the Central Division.
A lackluster start by Minnesota led to a 2-0 New Jersey lead before Mike Reilly (2), Joel Eriksson Ek (3), and Chris Stewart (9) turned things around with three straight goals in the second period.
Eric Stall (27) dumped in an empty-netter to lock down the Minnesota win.
The victory moves Minnesota into third place in the division, three points behind second place Winnipeg; and ten behind conference leading Nashville.
NHL Central Division Standings
The Wild will face the New York Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden. The puck drops at 6 PM CT (TV: Fox Sports North Plus, Radio: 1240 WJON).