|9||ST LOUIS||+105||Ov 5,-120||+105||Ov 5,-120|
|10||MINNESOTA||-125||Un 5,+100||-125||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-8-0||+0.5||9-8||+0.5||10-5||3.2||29.1||2.9||24.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4.8||1-4||-4.8||1-4||1.8||32.4||2.6||22.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||94||31||27||30||6||4||938||10.0%||107||24||22.4%||165|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||54||21||13||16||4||3||495||10.9%||51||11||21.6%||93|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||1||2||6||0||0||162||5.6%||14||1||7.1%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||93||29||33||29||2||4||793||11.7%||112||20||17.9%||165|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||50||17||14||18||1||2||415||12.0%||68||15||22.1%||87|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||8||3||0||1||114||11.4%||11||1||9.1%||23|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||12||11||288||261||90.6%||1||8-3||+3.8||8-3-0||+4||6-5|
|JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)||6||6||151||134||88.7%||0||5-1||+4.4||5-1-0||+4||5-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||82||75||91.5%||1||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||0-4|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||11||8||221||188||85.1%||0||2-6||-7.6||2-6-0||-8||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||6||3||119||108||90.8%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||81||67||82.7%||0||0-3||-4.6||0-3-0||-5||1-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||15||14||281||252||89.7%||3||7-7||-1||7-7-0||0||8-6|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||8||8||143||123||86.0%||1||3-5||-2.7||3-5-0||-2||5-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||87||81||93.1%||0||1-2||-1.5||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-4-0||+8||13-4||+8||7-8||2.8||30.6||2.1||26.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||4-1||4.0||32.8||3.0||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||97||24||37||29||7||6||976||9.9%||120||22||18.3%||166|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||47||12||16||14||5||3||521||9.0%||64||10||15.6%||81|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||4||7||7||2||2||164||12.2%||18||3||16.7%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||86||27||28||29||2||2||966||8.9%||107||19||17.8%||148|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||36||12||12||11||1||1||452||8.0%||58||8||13.8%||57|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||5||5||5||0||0||150||10.0%||17||6||35.3%||26|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||28||27||766||702||91.6%||1||18-9||+8.3||18-9-0||+7||13-13|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||15||14||387||356||92.0%||1||10-4||+4.8||10-4-0||+4||7-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||107||91.5%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||3-1|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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 (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 (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.2, MINNESOTA 3.01|
|3/5/2013||at LOS ANGELES||4-6||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||at SAN JOSE||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/12/2013||SAN JOSE||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||PHOENIX||3-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/23/2013||at EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/24/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||EDMONTON||0-3||L||0, -230||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, -120||L||5 un||O|
|4/1/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/4/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/7/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/9/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|4/11/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/12/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|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||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE||2-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
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 (ST LOUIS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blues-Wild Preview* ====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
St. Louis (17-14-2) at Minnesota (21-11-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Wild rebounded nicely from a rare defeat. Now a visit by the struggling St. Louis Blues could help the Wild continue their playoff push.
Minnesota goes for a season-best fifth consecutive home win Monday night against a Blues team that could have newcomer Jordan Leopold in the lineup.
After its seven-game winning streak ended with a 5-3 loss in Dallas on Friday, the Wild (21-11-2) bounced back to defeat Los Angeles 4-3 in a shootout Saturday. Minnesota trailed 3-1 in the second period before Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise scored.
The Wild tied Vancouver with 44 points atop the Northwest Division and have a game in hand.
"All I can say is just huge amounts of character," said coach Mike Yeo, whose club equaled a team record for victories in a month with 11.
The Wild have been getting big production throughout their lineup. During the 8-1-0 run, Minnesota had six of the top 13 scorers in the NHL in Mikko Koivu (13 points), Parise (11) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Matt Cullen, Devin Setoguchi and Ryan Suter (10 apiece).
In the Blues' last visit to St. Paul on Nov. 19, 2011, Koivu scored twice and Cullen had the winning goal in the shootout in a 3-2 victory. Minnesota has won 13 of the past 16 home matchups.
While the Wild go for their longest home unbeaten streak since a six-game run Oct. 29-Nov. 23, 2011, the Blues (17-14-2) are after their first victory in four tries. They've scored four times during their skid, half of those goals coming from Vladimir Tarasenko in a 4-2 loss to the Kings on Thursday.
"It doesn't matter how many goals you score and how many plays you make. It's all about the win," said Tarasenko, whose first tally ended the club's 0-for-12 power-play skid.
The Blues are locked in a tight race for one of the final playoff spots in the West. The acquisition of Leopold from Buffalo on Saturday could give them the boost they need in their own end and on the power play, as he regularly manned the point with the man advantage for the Sabres.
The defenseman could be paired with Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk, according to general manager Doug Armstrong.
"We feel our depth is much more improved as of 3 o'clock today than it was 3 o'clock yesterday," Armstrong said. "Our goal, first and foremost, we have to get into the playoffs. We've put ourselves in a position where we're going to have to work hard to maintain our position and improve it."
The Blues' goaltending needs to improve, and for now, the team will move forward with Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Rookie Jake Allen has provided a big lift by going 8-3-0 with a 2.45 goals-against average, but he was sent to Peoria of the AHL on Saturday.
Elliott, who made 12 saves in a 5-4 overtime home win over Minnesota on Jan. 27, will rejoin the team after a conditioning assignment at Peoria and back up Halak on Monday.
The Wild's Niklas Backstrom, the NHL leader with 19 victories, has surrendered 11 goals while losing his last two games versus St. Louis and was beaten a season-high five times in the last meeting. However, he's won a career-best eight consecutive starts after Saturday's 28-save performance.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 3:27:21 PM EST|