Matt Boldy Has Been Assigned a Real Number and is Probably Making His NHL Debut Tonight

Photo: Shane Abbitt - Iowa Wild

The Minnesota Wild will play for their 2021 lives again tonight at 8 PM vs the Vegas Golden Knights. Trailing 3-2, it looks like head coach Dean Evason is reaching deep into his bag of tricks for game six. Matt Boldy was drafted by the Wild in the 1st round (#12 overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft but was playing hockey for Boston College just a couple of months ago.

Tonight, he’s expected to make his National Hockey League debut. Boldy, who didn’t even have a “real” number as of yesterday, took to the ice wearing #12 for the Wild’s morning skate today. That’s the number he was expected to eventually be assigned once up with the NHL club for good. Evason and the Wild are playing coy with media members on Boldy’s status for tonight but questions might revolve more around who he will replace, rather than whether he’ll be in the lineup at all.

Who will would Boldy replace?

I was listening to Michael Russo (The Athletic) with Paul Allen (KFAN) who broadcasted from the Xcel Energy Center while the team skated this morning. Most Wild players were on the ice and the couple that weren’t are regular no-shows for optional skates like these. That means Boldy’s expected appearance would be a healthy scratch for someone else.

Matt Boldy started playing games for the Iowa Wild when his college season ended and was a gamechanger in the lineup immediately. The Minnesota Wild need him to have the same effect. We’ll find out the official word on tonight’s lineup soon enough. But if you can find a website that’ll give odds on Boldy’s status for game 6, bet the max.

UPDATE (7PM – 1 hour to puck drop)

We still do not know whether or not Matt Boldy will play or who he would replace if he does. Even Michael Russo is left to guessing games at this point. Here’s his latest tweet.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan