1/7/22 Sports Update

—  The Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears in the regular season finale at US Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild got a solid performance from goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen in a 3-2 win over the Bruins at TD Garden. The Minnesota Timberwolves try to make it three wins in a row when they visit the Thunder at Paycom Center tonight.

— The Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears in the regular season finale at US Bank Stadium on Sunday. Both teams have already been eliminated from postseason contention this season. The Vikings enter the contest at 7-and-9 following a 37-10 loss to the Packers that dashed Minnesota’s playoff hopes. Kirk Cousins is expected to start for Minnesota after missing last week’s game with COVID-19. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce and cornerback Kris Boyd were the only Vikings players to miss practice yesterday with injuries.

— The Wild got a solid performance from goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen in a 3-2 win over the Bruins at TD Garden. He saved 36 of the 38 shots that he faced in the win. Matt Boldy scored the eventual game-winning goal in his NHL debut, while Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm also lit the lamp for Minnesota. However, Kaprizov left during the second period with an upper-body injury. The Wild snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Minnesota hosts Washington tomorrow night.

— The Minnesota Timberwolves try to make it three wins in a row when they visit the Thunder at Paycom Center tonight. The Wolves pulled out a 98-90 home win over OKC on Wednesday. They sit at 18-and-20 overall.

— The Minnesota Gophers will look to get back into the win column when they visit the Hoosiers in Bloomington on Sunday. The Gophers are 1-and-2 in conference play following a brutal 76-53 loss to Illinois on Tuesday. Minnesota is 10-and-2 on the season, while Indiana is 11-and-3.

— It’s a busy weekend for college hockey in Minnesota. The Gophers are at Michigan State for a two-game series, Minnesota State-Mankato hosts a pair of games against Ferris State, Bemidji State welcomes Lake Superior State for a two game series, and St. Thomas plays at home against Bowling Green twice. Meanwhile, this weekend’s series between Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State has been postponed.