|65||EDMONTON||+125||Ov 5,+100||+125||Ov 5,+110|
|66||MINNESOTA||-145||Un 5,-120||-145||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-6-0||-1.6||4-6||-1.6||3-7||2.4||23.9||2.4||33.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.8||2-3||-0.8||2-2||2.6||29.0||2.6||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||49||15||15||15||4||5||575||8.5%||92||20||21.7%||85|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||24||9||6||7||2||2||239||10.0%||46||7||15.2%||41|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||5||4||3||1||1||145||9.0%||21||3||14.3%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||7||20||6||7||6||1||3||214||9.3%||26||10||38.5%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||54||14||19||17||4||3||666||8.1%||89||12||13.5%||93|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||24||4||10||8||2||2||338||7.1%||47||6||12.8%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||4||6||1||0||162||8.0%||19||3||15.8%||23|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||20||6||8||5||1||1||239||8.4%||31||2||6.5%||35|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||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)||16||16||496||455||91.7%||0||7-9||-2||7-9-0||-2||5-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||8||8||273||256||93.8%||0||4-4||+0.4||4-4-0||0||3-5|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||7||7||221||203||91.9%||0||3-4||-1||3-4-0||-1||2-5|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||93||89.4%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||5||4||154||144||93.5%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||0-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||2||2||64||59||92.2%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|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)||4||3||124||116||93.5%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-3-0||+3||7-3||+3||2-6||2.3||28.6||2.1||26.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||1-3||2.4||29.0||2.2||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||45||9||20||12||4||2||542||8.3%||73||10||13.7%||74|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10||23||5||9||6||3||1||286||8.0%||37||5||13.5%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||3||5||1||0||145||8.3%||20||2||10.0%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||8||17||1||7||7||2||1||226||7.5%||33||5||15.2%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||49||15||17||15||2||2||552||8.9%||64||9||14.1%||84|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||21||9||6||5||1||1||260||8.1%||40||5||12.5%||32|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||3||4||0||1||133||8.3%||14||1||7.1%||19|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||18||6||6||5||1||2||211||8.5%||25||4||16.0%||28|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||15||14||400||367||91.7%||0||7-7||-1.1||7-7-0||-2||4-9|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||8||7||195||179||91.8%||0||4-3||-0.2||4-3-0||-1||2-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||7||7||174||160||92.0%||0||4-3||+0.3||4-3-0||0||2-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||96||93.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||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 (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|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)||3||3||90||83||92.2%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|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)||3||3||90||83||92.2%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.16, MINNESOTA 3.1|
|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|
|2/21/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ev||U|
|2/23/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||P|
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at DALLAS||5-1||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||O|
|3/1/2013||at ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/5/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/7/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|3/8/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/10/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/12/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|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||1-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ev||U|
|2/26/2013||CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/9/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Wild Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Edmonton (8-8-4) at Minnesota (10-8-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Minnesota Wild right wing Cal Clutterbuck hasn't played since taking a knee-to-knee hit from the Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall less than two weeks ago.
While the Wild may have been out for revenge Sunday night, they might not get a chance with Hall banged up, too.
Minnesota tries for a 19th home win in 20 matchups against Edmonton, which could be without one of its top forwards due to a leg injury.
Matt Cullen scored twice and added an assist as the Wild (10-8-2) pulled out a 3-1 road victory over the Oilers (8-8-4) on Feb. 21. Minnesota, which has outscored Edmonton 37-26 in going 11-2-0 since 2010-11, was upset with Hall's hit on Clutterbuck with 2:33 left in the game.
Hall was given a major penalty for kneeing and ejected. He later received a two-game suspension from the league.
"You hate to see those hits," Cullen said. "It was a fast play. I think it was deserving of the penalty. ... Cal is a very important part of our team. ... You hate to see a teammate on the ice."
Second on the team with 18 points, Hall scored his fourth goal in Friday's 4-2 loss at St. Louis but exited in the second period after hitting the boards. Coach Ralph Krueger said Hall could miss a few days.
"Taylor was playing a good game," left wing Ben Eager said. "When you're down ... you want him out there, he can create so much with his speed and his talent."
The Oilers, who won 5-1 at Dallas the night before, led 2-0 after the first 20 minutes Friday before coming undone. Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 of 30 shots.
"They came with a good push and we've got to give them credit," Eager said. "We played (Thursday night), that's not an excuse, but with a two-goal lead on the road you've got to try to get out of here with some points."
After concluding last month with four wins in five games, Minnesota opened March with Friday's 3-2 loss at Anaheim. The Wild fell behind 3-0 but made things interesting behind third-period goals from Devin Setoguchi and Kyle Brodziak.
"It was by no means a lack of effort," Cullen said. "We certainly came back awfully hard at the end to give ourselves a real good chance at winning the game. It's a sign of improvement, sign of progress for this team.
"We got to keep moving forward. ... We got a real big one coming up here (Sunday)."
Minnesota, which was outshot 12-8 in the first period Friday, held a 25-17 edge the rest of the way. The Wild have trailed 1-0 in each of their last six losses.
"I didn't think our first period was good enough, for sure," coach Mike Yeo said. "We have to start better against good teams."
Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves against the Ducks, but Niklas Backstrom figures to be back in goal Sunday. The Finland native has been outstanding since Feb. 9, going 5-1-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average.
He turned away 27 shots last month at Edmonton, improving to 23-3-1 - his most wins against any team - with a 1.78 GAA lifetime in the series. Backstrom has compiled an even more impressive 1.30 mark while winning each of his 16 home matchups against the Oilers.
Dubnyk is 1-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA in three career starts versus Minnesota. He's gone 4-3-1 on the road this season with a 2.09 GAA, significantly better than his 3.55 mark at home.
|Last Updated: 10/30/2014 1:44:57 PM EST|