|73||MINNESOTA||+100||Ov 5,-120||-105||Ov 5,-120|
|74||CALGARY||-120||Un 5,+100||-115||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-5-0||-3||2-5||-3||2-5||2.1||24.1||2.7||29.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||1-3||2.4||26.2||2.0||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||36||6||18||9||3||2||425||8.5%||56||8||14.3%||58|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7||15||1||9||4||1||1||169||8.9%||26||4||15.4%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||0||7||4||1||1||131||9.2%||15||1||6.7%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||14||0||7||6||1||1||165||8.5%||24||4||16.7%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||39||11||15||11||2||1||447||8.7%||51||8||15.7%||67|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||19||3||9||6||1||0||208||9.1%||18||4||22.2%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||5||2||1||1||145||6.9%||10||2||20.0%||17|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||14||4||6||3||1||1||163||8.6%||16||3||18.7%||23|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||12||11||325||298||91.7%||0||5-6||-2.2||5-6-0||-3||3-7|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||5||5||151||139||92.1%||0||2-3||-1||2-3-0||-1||1-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||5||5||127||116||91.3%||0||3-2||+0.4||3-2-0||0||2-2|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||104||94.5%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||1-3|
|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)||2-7-0||-6.1||2-7||-6.1||5-3||2.8||30.3||3.9||25.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||3-2||2.8||27.6||3.8||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||40||16||12||11||1||1||452||8.8%||54||13||24.1%||71|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||25||11||8||6||0||1||273||9.2%||32||8||25.0%||45|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||6||3||5||0||1||138||10.1%||16||4||25.0%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||11||4||6||1||0||0||157||7.0%||18||2||11.1%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||54||15||18||18||3||4||419||12.9%||49||13||26.5%||91|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||35||12||9||12||2||3||230||15.2%||28||9||32.1%||60|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||8||5||6||0||0||159||11.9%||13||4||30.8%||34|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||19||2||9||6||2||3||133||14.3%||19||5||26.3%||28|
|LELAND IRVING (All Games)||6||5||128||113||88.3%||0||2-3||-1.1||2-3-0||-1||4-1|
|LELAND IRVING (Home Games)||3||3||62||55||88.7%||0||1-2||-1.1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|LELAND IRVING (vs. Division)||2||2||55||49||89.1%||0||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|LELAND IRVING (Last 4 Games)||4||4||93||81||87.1%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (All Games)||7||7||169||147||87.0%||0||2-5||-3.5||2-5-0||-4||3-3|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Home Games)||5||5||113||94||83.2%||0||1-4||-3.8||1-4-0||-4||3-1|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (vs. Division)||3||3||77||67||87.0%||0||1-2||-1.7||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||80||69||86.2%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)||3||2||84||75||89.3%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JOEY MACDONALD (Home Games)||2||1||54||48||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JOEY MACDONALD (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOEY MACDONALD (Last 4 Games)||3||2||84||75||89.3%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (All Games)||1||1||37||33||89.2%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (Last 4 Games)||1||1||37||33||89.2%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.13, CALGARY 3.24|
|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||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5 ev||U|
|2/23/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|1/31/2013||COLORADO||3-6||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/5/2013||at DETROIT||4-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-5||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/11/2013||MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/13/2013||DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||ST LOUIS||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||at PHOENIX||0-4||L||0, +155||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/20/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/28/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/6/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
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: 37-29-16, 90 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Western Conference.
COACH: Bob Hartley, first season.
ADDED: D Dennis Wideman, LW Jiri Hudler, C Roman Cervenka.
LOST: C Olli Jokinen, RW David Ross, D Scott Hannan, RW Guillaume Desbiens, RW Tom Kostopoulous.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Tanguay, who played for Hartley a decade ago in Colorado, will be more familiar with the coach than his teammates. If he can click on the top line with Jarome Iginla, the Flames may have a puncher's chance.
OUTLOOK: Despite the addition of Cervenka, the Flames should be weak enough on defense to keep G Miikka Kiprusoff busy. If Tanguay and other forwards can click with Iginla, they may have a chance at catching lightning in a bottle, but in a tough division with the formidable Avalanche and Canucks, they would do well to nick the last playoff spot.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-CALGARY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Flames Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (8-6-2) at Calgary (5-7-3), 10:00 p.m. EDT
Coming off an impressive road win, the Minnesota Wild are starting to pick up steam.
That doesn't bode well for the Calgary Flames, who haven't had much of a home-ice advantage.
The Wild try for a season-best third consecutive victory Saturday night as they visit the last-place Flames.
After a slow start, Minnesota (8-6-2) appears to be hitting its stride. The Wild improved to 4-1-1 over their last six games Thursday with a 3-1 win at Edmonton.
Minnesota fell behind in the second period before rallying behind Matt Cullen, who scored twice and set up Devin Setoguchi's go-ahead goal early in the third. The Wild have won two of three on the road after opening 0-3-1 in opponents' arenas.
"It was a step forward for us," Cullen said. "It's a big deal for us to get a road win and it was good to see us respond to a bit of adversity and come back with a fight.
"As a team we have to establish that. That when you are down one that you are going to be OK and make that push."
Minnesota's only other road victory came 2-1 in a shootout Feb. 11 at Calgary (5-7-3), which had its home woes continue Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to Los Angeles. The Flames have compiled a 2-5-2 record on their own ice while allowing an average of 3.7 goals - the NHL's second-worst mark.
"Overall, it hasn't been good enough," captain Jarome Iginla said. "Usually you're talking about ways to win on the road, but you definitely have to find ways to win at home to move in the standings and not to slide."
Defenseman T.J. Brodie provided all the offense Wednesday with his first goal and Joey MacDonald stopped 30 of 33 shots, dropping to 1-2-0 with a 3.09 goals-against average as he helps to fill in for the injured Miikka Kiprusoff.
"Joey MacDonald gave us a great game, but the bottom line is we have to be a grittier team," said coach Bob Hartley, who wasn't pleased with his team's response after MacDonald was run over in the second period. "It's as simple as this. We need to be in people's face. They ran our goalie. There was no consequences to this, and that's just not acceptable."
Calgary is averaging a league-low 8:52 of penalty time.
"We might not have the biggest team, but when you play as a team, you have to stick up for your teammates," Hartley said. "And if it means you need to take a slap for the entire team or whether we go five guys, I think team unity is very important. We have a great group of guys, but we're just not playing tough enough."
Calgary can't be looking forward to another possible matchup with Niklas Backstrom, who made 23 saves in last week's win. The Finnish veteran is 6-1-0 with a 0.90 GAA and three shutouts in his last eight starts at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Backstrom made 27 saves Thursday, improving to 3-0-1 with a 1.42 GAA over his past four outings overall.
"I think he's been playing great hockey for us lately," coach Mike Yeo told the league's official website. "He looks calm, he looks comfortable in the net, in control. When you have that, it's amazing the confidence that feeds to your team."
The Wild could be without Cal Clutterbuck after he was helped off the ice following a knee-to-knee hit Thursday.
"Cal is a very important part of our team and has been playing very well for us lately," Cullen said. "You hate to see a teammate on the ice. It looked like it could be pretty bad."
Minnesota and Calgary meet again Tuesday in St. Paul.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 9:31:16 AM EST|