The Rangers have won all four meetings with the Wild since Minnesota’s inception in 2000. New York has won its first two visits to St. Paul, including a 3-2 overtime victory on March 5, 2002.
The Rangers have dropped the first two games on their longest road trip of the season, including a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Brian Leetch also returned for New York after missing 31 games with a severely bruised ankle.
The Rangers have won just once in their last seven road games (1-5-1-0) and are 11-15-4-1 away from Madison Square Garden this season.
The Wild also have lost consecutive games and are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since January 4-8. They skated to a 3-2 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Wild have won three of their last four home games and are 17-11-3-0 at the Excel Energy Center.