Talk about drawing the short straw. The Minnesota Wild begin a three-game homestand Tuesday night and they'll likely be down two of their top three defensemen against the Dallas Stars, who own the league's No. 2 offense.
But it gets worse. The NHL's No. 1 offense – Washington Capitals – comes to St. Paul on Thursday and the league's third-ranked offense – Boston Bruins – close out the homestand on Saturday.
That means the injury-riddled blue line of the Wild, already down Jonas Brodin (broken foot), will have to come up with answers as they'll also likely be without Jared Spurgeon (lower-body injury).
"We've got some offensive-powered teams coming in," said Wild defenseman Nate Prosser, via Wild.com. "That's our staple, is being hard defensively, getting that puck moving north and playing in the offensive zone as long as possible."
The Wild have allowed 3.8 goals per game during its current five-game losing streak.
Beating Dallas on Jan. 9 is one of Minnesota's three victories in the new year. Since that game the Wild has gone 1-9-1, the Dallas Morning News notes.