|7||MINNESOTA||+110||Ov 5,-105||+110||Ov 5,-105|
|8||COLORADO||-130||Un 5,-115||-130||Un 5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-8-0||-3.9||4-8||-3.9||4-7||2.2||25.7||2.8||29.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.9||3-2||+0.9||3-2||3.0||31.0||2.6||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||26||64||15||25||19||5||4||740||8.6%||95||15||15.8%||108|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12||27||5||12||8||2||2||308||8.8%||43||7||16.3%||43|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||5||4||1||2||155||9.7%||19||4||21.1%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||30||5||11||12||2||2||341||8.8%||43||7||16.3%||53|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||64||21||19||22||2||2||710||9.0%||79||11||13.9%||111|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||34||10||11||12||1||1||349||9.7%||29||5||17.2%||64|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||5||2||6||0||0||137||9.5%||14||2||14.3%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||25||8||8||8||1||2||291||8.6%||32||5||15.6%||39|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||21||20||543||496||91.3%||0||11-9||+0.8||11-9-0||0||8-11|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||9||9||247||225||91.1%||0||4-5||-1||4-5-0||-1||3-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||10||10||254||233||91.7%||0||7-3||+3.4||7-3-0||+3||5-4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||97||92.4%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|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)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Road Games)||3||2||74||68||91.9%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||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)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-4-0||+3.4||8-4||+3.4||3-6||2.9||33.1||2.3||30.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||2-2||2.8||32.6||3.2||34.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||26||65||17||26||19||3||3||777||8.4%||79||12||15.2%||114|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12||35||7||16||10||2||1||397||8.8%||41||6||14.6%||61|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||7||2||1||0||163||8.6%||14||4||28.6%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||10||28||6||10||11||1||3||316||8.9%||33||4||12.1%||48|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||78||26||30||18||4||4||846||9.2%||108||22||20.4%||134|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||28||14||8||5||1||0||360||7.8%||51||4||7.8%||48|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||5||5||6||0||1||174||9.2%||18||2||11.1%||29|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||37||12||15||10||0||3||318||11.6%||42||11||26.2%||64|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||5||4||146||134||91.8%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||2||2||57||51||89.5%||0||2-0||+2.9||2-0-0||+3||2-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||117||90.7%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||22||22||697||635||91.1%||3||8-14||-7||8-14-0||-7||6-12|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||12||12||360||332||92.2%||2||8-4||+3.4||8-4-0||+4||3-6|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||8||8||258||230||89.1%||1||2-6||-4.5||2-6-0||-5||4-4|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||141||129||91.5%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.13, COLORADO 3.19|
|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|
|3/3/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, +160||L||5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||VANCOUVER||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||O|
|3/12/2013||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||COLORADO||5-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|2/18/2013||NASHVILLE||6-5||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|2/20/2013||ST LOUIS||1-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ev||P|
|2/24/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CALGARY||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/6/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2013||CHICAGO||6-2||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||EDMONTON||0-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/27/2013||at CALGARY|| |
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: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Avalanche Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (14-10-2) at Colorado (10-12-4), 3:00 p.m. EDT
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are clicking at the same time, and it's leading to good things for the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota hopes its pair of $98-million acquisitions can keep it going Saturday as the club seeks its second win over the Colorado Avalanche in three days.
The Wild are 8-4-0 since a 6-6-2 start and have won three of their past four, beating visiting Colorado 5-3 in the opener of this home-and-home set Thursday.
Parise wasted no time in making an impact for his new team with nine points in the first five games before slowing down with three in the next 12. Suter's start was more measured, with nine points in his first 17 contests.
The duo, though, has combined for 21 points over the last nine games - including three assists from Suter and two from Parise on Thursday - with Minnesota going 6-3-0 over that stretch.
One goal in the second period Thursday embodied almost exactly what the team hoped for when it signed Parise and Suter to identical 13-year contracts in the summer.
Suter's give-and-go pass found Parise, who then set up Mikko Koivu - the team leader with 22 points - for a one-timer goal.
"That was a very entertaining play to watch by three extremely skilled players," coach Mike Yeo said.
Suter's playmaking impact as a defenseman has been particularly significant for the Wild (14-10-2). He ranks second among NHL defensemen with 20 assists in 26 games. Jared Spurgeon led Minnesota defensemen with 20 assists over 70 games last season.
"There's a huge impact in so many areas," Yeo said. "Certainly the assists is the first one that you're going to look towards. But again, the leadership, and just the poise that he has in certain situations, especially late in games ... that sort of thing is contagious for the rest of the group."
Colorado (10-12-4) knocked off Chicago and San Jose in back-to-back games last week but hasn't been able to carry the momentum, falling 4-0 at home to Edmonton on Tuesday before the loss to the Wild.
Everything seemingly fell apart in the second period Thursday, as Colorado surrendered 19 shots resulting in three Minnesota goals.
"We talked about making sure we are hard on the body, finishing our checks, managing the puck well - all things we got away from in the second period," coach Joe Sacco told the league's official website. "We hung Varly (goaltender Semyon Varlamov) out to dry. You can't keep doing that to your goaltender and expect to win games."
Rookie left wing Jason Zucker could return for the Wild after he was held out due to the effects of a blindside check by Anaheim's Corey Perry in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday. Zucker is expected to make the trip, but Yeo said putting him back in the lineup could be difficult after Pierre-Marc Bouchard played well in his place and recorded an assist against the Avalanche.
Koivu, who also had an empty-netter Thursday, has eight points over his last five games against the Avalanche.
Minnesota has won seven of nine in Colorado.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 11:37:57 AM EST|