|69||MINNESOTA||+105||Ov 5,-115||+105||Ov 5,-110|
|70||EDMONTON||-125||Un 5,-105||-125||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-5-0||-4||1-5||-4||2-4||2.0||23.5||3.0||30.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||1-3||2.2||27.0||2.0||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||33||6||17||7||3||2||397||8.3%||53||8||15.1%||54|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||12||1||8||2||1||1||141||8.5%||23||4||17.4%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||0||7||2||2||1||135||8.1%||16||2||12.5%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||11||0||6||4||1||1||137||8.0%||21||4||19.0%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||38||11||14||11||2||1||419||9.1%||50||8||16.0%||65|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||18||3||8||6||1||0||180||10.0%||17||4||23.5%||35|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||4||2||1||1||143||7.0%||15||2||13.3%||16|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||13||4||5||3||1||1||135||9.6%||15||3||20.0%||21|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||11||10||297||271||91.2%||0||4-6||-3.2||4-6-0||-4||3-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||4||4||123||112||91.1%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||4||4||99||89||89.9%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||89||90.8%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Road Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||2||2||61||57||93.4%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Road Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||2||2||61||57||93.4%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-5-0||-2.3||3-5||-2.3||2-4||2.6||33.1||3.1||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||1-3||2.4||30.8||2.8||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||36||10||11||12||3||4||430||8.4%||71||17||23.9%||63|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||21||6||7||7||1||2||265||7.9%||41||12||29.3%||38|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||4||5||0||2||154||7.8%||25||4||16.0%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||19||6||6||6||1||3||186||10.2%||25||10||40.0%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||12||15||11||3||3||504||8.1%||70||9||12.9%||70|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||9||7||7||2||1||264||9.5%||32||5||15.6%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||4||7||0||1||166||8.4%||23||3||13.0%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||17||6||7||3||1||1||211||8.1%||28||2||7.1%||31|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Home Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||13||13||404||371||91.8%||0||6-7||-1||6-7-0||-1||3-8|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||7||7||195||174||89.2%||0||3-4||-1.3||3-4-0||-1||2-3|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||6||6||193||178||92.2%||0||3-3||+0.2||3-3-0||0||2-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||98||89.9%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||3||2||84||79||94.0%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||2||1||54||51||94.4%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)||1||0||17||16||94.1%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||84||79||94.0%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.19, EDMONTON 3.09|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-5||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||CHICAGO||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +105||L||5 un||P|
|2/9/2013||NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||U|
|2/14/2013||COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ev||O|
|2/17/2013||DETROIT||3-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||P|
|2/21/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/23/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|2/16/2013||COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||U|
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/28/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/1/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/3/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Oilers Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (7-6-2) at Edmonton (6-6-3), 9:30 p.m. EDT
While no team has scored fewer goals than the Minnesota Wild, a big win their last time out could help get them going.
After three days off, the visiting Wild try to continue their recent dominance of the slumping Edmonton Oilers as these Northwest Division rivals meet for the first time Thursday night.
Minnesota (7-6-2) is still last in the NHL with 31 goals, but it improved to 3-1-1 over its last five games after erasing a two-goal deficit in Sunday's 3-2 win over Detroit.
"It's big. I'm not going to sit here and say this makes our season," said coach Mike Yeo, whose team is 5-1-2 when scoring at least twice. "We've still got a lot of work to do and we're focused on continuing to get better as a group. But this is huge."
Dany Heatley snapped a nine-game goal drought, Torrey Mitchell added his first goal and 21-year-old Jason Zucker notched his first NHL tally in a memorable season debut. Zucker, who was called up Saturday, could give the Wild a boost after compiling a team-leading 41 points for Houston of the AHL.
"That's what he does," Yeo told the league's official website. "He finds ways to get opportunities, and that wasn't the only one he had tonight. He can bury it."
Fellow youngster Darcy Kuemper also came up big with 29 saves to earn his first NHL win. The 22-year-old rookie, who got the last-minute start after Niklas Backstrom was scratched due to an illness, stopped the last 17 shots he faced.
"We threw out Kuemps in a very difficult situation and he responded," Yeo said. "I thought he got better as the game went on."
Backstrom has gone 22-3-1 versus Edmonton - his most wins against any team - with a 1.81 goals-against average, but his status for Thursday is unclear. Right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Justin Falk also missed Sunday's game due to flu-like symptoms.
"I think it's going around the league," Falk said. "Hopefully the rest of the boys here can get healthy."
The Wild have compiled a 27-8-2 record against the Oilers over the last six years, including a 10-2-0 mark the past two seasons. Minnesota had posted five consecutive wins at Rexall Place before falling 4-1 in its last visit Dec. 22, 2011.
Edmonton (6-6-3) is mired in a 2-4-3 stretch after falling 3-1 to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The game appeared headed for overtime before an Oilers turnover at the Kings' blue line led to the go-ahead goal with 49.6 seconds left.
"We just couldn't generate the type of offense we would have liked to down the stretch," coach Ralph Krueger said. "The bounce at the end was, of course, painful. ... But we have to take it. We missed an opportunity to play our game the whole way. It's a bounce we have to swallow."
Sam Gagner, tied for the team lead with 16 points, provided all the offense with a power-play goal and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 of 37 shots, dropping to 1-2-0 despite a 1.91 GAA.
Devan Dubnyk, who's gone 2-2-2 with a 3.63 GAA at home, could be back in goal Thursday. He is 1-1-0 with a 1.30 GAA over three appearances - two starts - against the Wild.
Taylor Hall has six points over his last four games overall, but he's notched just four in nine career matchups with Minnesota. Edmonton is 6-2-1 when he records at least one assist compared to 0-4-2 when he doesn't.
The Oilers are 1-2-2 over their last five on home ice, while the Wild have been outscored 18-11 in going 1-4-1 on the road.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 8:58:32 AM EST|