After winning the first two games after the controversial trade
of Thornton on November 30, the Bruins reverted to their
previous form by losing three straight games.
Boston has been idle since Sunday's 2-1 overtime home loss to
Phoenix. Future Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch scored his
first goal since October 26 for the Bruins, who are just 3-10-2
in their last 15 games.
Minnesota is coming off Tuesday's 4-3 triumph against the New
York Islanders, which halted a two-game slide. Marian Gaborik
extended his points streak to four games with his second
two-goal game of the season.
Gaborik has seven points during the streak which is a welcomed
sight for the Wild, who have scored the second-fewest goals (81)
in the NHL this season.
The Wild have won all five lifetime meetings against the Bruins,
including the only meeting in 2003-04. Thursday's contest is
the only time that Minnesota and Boston will meet this season.